Sam RockwellOpening this Friday is the true story-inspired 'Conviction,' starring Hilary Swank as Betty Anne Waters, a single mother who puts herself through law school to avenge her brother, wrongfully convicted of murder. While Swank is undoubtedly excellent in her role, we're counting on Sam Rockwell, as the locked-up Kenny Waters, to hit it out of the park.

Since his breakout role in 1997's 'Box of Moonlight,' in which he played a free-spirited rebel, Rockwell has been thrilling us with his edgy, funny, soulful, often off-kilter characters and deeply committed acting style. (Not to mention his excellent dance moves.) If he isn't a household name yet, it's due mainly to the less-than-commercial films he's chosen to work in -- though he recently held his own with Robert Downey Jr. as evil arms mogul Justin Hammer in 'Iron Man 2.'

Whatever your degree of familiarity with the man, we encourage you to take a ride to Rockwell Land. To that end, we've put together a handy-dandy guide, starting with his more accessible stuff, then going deeper and weirder. You're free to get off at any time, but we suggest you go the distance for the full-on Rockwell experience.
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