Reeling - Rene Rodriguez

May 11, 2014

The Devil’s Knot (unrated)

The case of the West Memphis Three — the Arkansas teenagers who were convicted in 1994 of the murder and mutilation of three little boys on circumstantial evidence, then released from prison 18 years later by accepting an Alford plea — has already been explored in four documentaries: The Paradise Lost trilogy, in which directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky checked in on the case every four or five years since 1996; and Amy Berg’s excellent 2012 West of Memphis, which was produced by Peter Jackson and made a strong case for a potential suspect in the crime, which the state considers closed but in truth remains unsolved.

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