For astonishing injustice put to rest at long last, the holiday moviegoer has at least two options. One: "Les Misérables." And two: "West of Memphis," a strong, blood-boiling documentary from director Amy Berg, who made the similarly fine "Deliver Us From Evil," about a defrocked Catholic priest's appalling crimes and those of his protectors.
In 1993 in West Memphis, Ark., the bodies of three preteen boys were found naked and hogtied in a drainage ditch. One of the boy's genitals had been mutilated. The sinister overtones of the scene suggested a satanic ritual.
Three young men from the area — who became known as the West Memphis Three — were convicted of the murders.
Jessie Misskelley, Jason Baldwin and Damien Echols were voted "most likely to have done it," as ex-probation officer Jerry Driver says on camera. But does that sound like ironclad evidence? Eventually the wheels of justice began spinning in a new direction.