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Alessandro Nivola

Review: 'Devil's Knot' ★★

Review: 'Devil's Knot' ★★

If nothing else, the scope of the story of the West Memphis Three/Robin Hood Hills murders should have given "Devil's Knot" director Atom Egoyan pause. A 1993 tragedy compounded by a laughably incompetent police investigation — and the efforts of the cops, the ham-fisted prosecutors and an already-made-up-his-feeble-mind judge to railroad three heavy-metal-loving young men accused of a Satanic/witchcraft ritual murder — this decadeslong case was notorious without a feature film treatment.

Intrepid filmmakers/activists made three long award-winning documentaries ("Paradise Lost") that covered the crime, the trials and questions afterward that eventually got the...