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Quirky 'Cut Bank' spins into a dark spiral toward nothing

Quirky 'Cut Bank' spins into a dark spiral toward nothing

Aiming somewhere between Coen brothers territory and "Twin Peaks" and landing awkwardly in the realm of self-conscious neo-noir, "Cut Bank" is filled with small-town quirkiness and propelled by a rising body count. At the purported center of the thriller is a young couple eager to leave the titular Montana town in the rearview mirror. But with the likes of John Malkovich, Oliver Platt, Bruce Dern and Michael Stuhlbarg digging into pulpy character turns, the movie belongs to everyone but the California-dreamin' duo. Aussies Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer are convincingly American as Dwayne and Cassandra, yet their roles are generic. That's especially so...

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