Throughout his career, Michael Winterbottom has jumped from genre to genre, and his ability to pull off such vastly different movies is a rare talent. After tackling science fiction, a musical biopic, and a procedural docudrama, he puts his stamp on neo-noir with an adaptation of Jim Thompson’s novel The Killer Inside Me
Noir antiheroes don’t come too much darker than West Texas deputy sheriff Lou Ford (Casey Affleck) -- he’s a sexual sadist and a sociopath, yet he respectfully addresses women as ma’am. As the movie opens, he’s ordered to chase Joyce (Jessica Alba), a prostitute, out of town. But when the woman puts up a fight, Lou strikes her, and ...