Not every actress can move from a stint on Beverly Hills, 90210 one year to becoming an Oscar-winning actress the next, but that's exactly what Hilary Swank did. In one fell swoop as Brandon Teena, she wiped away memories of her ditz in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and her brief time as The Next Karate Kid. The Academy win earned her a number of high-profile roles which led her to her second win as Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby only 5 years later. But since then? Not much. The Black Dahlia didn't do it for her, nor did Freedom Writers, The Reaping, and certainly not P.S. I Love You. By the time Amelia hit last year, it was hard to remember the actress who made such a quick and stellar turn towards Hollywood success. But, I'm happy to say, I think she's back.

The roles Swank does best in are the ones she finds a way to disappear into and cease existing herself, and according to the newly released trailer, it looks like she's done it again with Conviction.
In the Tony Goldwyn film, she plays Betty Anne Waters, the woman who went out and earned a GED and then a law degree to help win her brother's freedom when he was falsely accused of murder and sent to prison. In the new trailer, you have to get around that ever-too-cheesy voiceover, but the acting does it easily enough. Swank once again elicits chills, and is equally matched by Sam Rockwell, who plays the convicted brother. It's nice to not see him as the smarmy villain or wacky hero, and the trailer alone reminds us that this man has got a whole lot of talent Hollywood never puts to use. Just adding to the cinematic tastiness is Minnie Driver, who really needs to get more notable roles, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo, and more.

The film is slated to get a limited run this fall.