Matthew Lickona 2:02 p.m., Sept. 23
A Single Shot
One can’t squawk too loudly about Sam Rockwell accepting walk-through roles in funny-papers blockbusters if they help him to underwrite spectacular performances in smaller projects like Moon and now as John Moon in A Single Shot. Director David M. Rosental turns up the backwoods atmospherics for this stylish thriller about a poacher whose misery at home is compounded by the accidental shooting of a young woman - he mistook her for a deer - and a metal cash box filled with drug money he finds in her possession. A near unintelligible Jeffrey Wright joins William H. Macy as a rosacea-beaked lawyer with a game arm in the scuzziest cast of supporting neanderthals since Seven Psychopaths, another Rockwell delight. An unnecessary romantic flashback and third act whiff of Rambo-ish sadism aren’t enough to diminish the overall impact of this complex noir that knows precisely where and when to end. 2013.