*** (out of four)
In the first few minutes of “Tyrannosaur,” a man kicks a dog to death, and another man urinates on his sleeping wife. If you’re someone who goes to the movies to have a good time, there’s the exit.
Their loss. The feature directing debut from actor Paddy Considine (“Submarine,” “In America”), who also wrote the script, shines as an uncompromising character study about people’s propensity for faith in the face of adversity, and anger that quickly transitions into cruelty. Joseph (Peter Mullan) lives a lonely life with a short fuse, but he knows he’s in the presence of goodness when he strikes up an unlikely friendship with shop owner Hannah (Olivia Colman). Of course, Joseph assumes she’s just a kindly, well-off bore, not a miserable woman who fears her abusive husband James (Eddie Marsan).