The A-List: ‘Midnight Special’ director Jeff Nichols

The acclaimed indie auteur Jeff Nichols made his debut in 2007 with Shotgun Stories, a revenge tale full of menace and foreboding. He followed that up with 2011’s Take Shelter, another dark tale that danced around themes of love, madness and the apocalypse. Then came 2012’s Mud, a coming-of-age story starring Matthew McConaughey as a fugitive. Now, after those three ultra-low-budget films, the writer/director has upped the ante with an ambitious new film, the smart sci-fi thriller Midnight Special.