DVD: Conviction, For retail & rental (20th Century Fox)

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Hilary Swank stars in this true-life drama as Betty Anne Waters, a high-school dropout and a mother of two who decides to qualify as a lawyer, just so that she can overturn her brother's murder conviction.

Sam Rockwell is charismatic as the brother – although even he is upstaged by his loopy tattoos – but otherwise this is a drab, reverential TV movie which tiptoes around all the issues it could have raised.