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If you believe Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley murdered those boys, then child killers now are out on the street. If you believe they didn’t do it, then innocent men spent half of their lives in prison, while someone else got away with murder.

The abiding image _ photos literally left at the end of the closing credits _ is that of the other West Memphis Three, little boys who died horribly, for whom justice has not been served.

“West of Memphis,” a Sony Pictures Classics release, is rated R for disturbing violent content and some language. Running time: 147 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four.


Motion Picture Association of America rating definition for R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.