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Film review

‘Killer Joe’ actors play vile roles superbly

Matthew McConaughey plays cop/hit man Joe Cooper and Juno Temple plays Dottie Smith in “Killer Joe.”
Photographer: Independent Pictures
Matthew McConaughey plays cop/hit man Joe Cooper and Juno Temple plays Dottie Smith in “Killer Joe.”
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“Killer Joe” is a thriller that never quite leaves behind its stage-bound roots in making the transition from play to screen. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing when you’re talking about a broad, incendiary slice of Texas Gothic. The characters are bigger than life and lower than low. Everybody’s vile, with the title character the most villainous. Everybody shouts, save for the title character, who is so bad he doesn’t need to. The dialogue ...

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