Morally tangled period piece, set in Prohibition-era Virginia, charts the violent adventures of three bootlegging brothers (Shia LaBeouf, Jason Clarke and Tom Hardy) as they battle a corrupt and sadistic special deputy (Guy Pearce) who's out to lay down his own version of the law - by any means necessary. Though the siblings resort to force only in retaliation, and eventually cease and desist, director John Hillcoat's adaptation of Matt Bondurant's 2008 fact-based novel "The Wettest County in the World" tends to glamorize the mayhem they wreak. As scripted by Nick Cave, the film does the same for a premarital bedroom encounter. Unsuitable for all but the most mature and discerning viewers.

Watch out for: Strong, often gory violence, including torture, mutilation and beatings, semi-graphic premarital sexual activity, upper female nudity, numerous uses of profanity, many rough and crude terms, some crass language.

Rated: L - limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling; MPAA: R - restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian

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