Join the line to see ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Matthew McConaughey portraying Ron Woodroof in 'Dallas Buyers Club'
Matthew McConaughey portraying Ron Woodroof in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) gets the wake-up call of his life when he is told by doctors that he is HIV-positive and has roughly 30 days to live.  Considering he’s a hard-living rodeo cowboy who ekes out a living as an electrician and who never used intravenous drugs, he begins by denying he has the virus.  But soon he’s scrambling to find a way to live beyond the month he was given.  This is the true story at the root of the new film Dallas Buyers Club.

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Matthew McConaughey and ‘Mud’ are as good as it gets

Matthew McConaughey in 'Mud'
Matthew McConaughey in ‘Mud’

[rating=4]Starring:  Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon, Bonnie Sturdivant, Sam Sheppard, Michael Shannon and Joe Don Baker
Writer(s):  Jeff Nichols
Director(s):  Jeff Nichols

“Ellis” (Sheridan) and “Neckbone” (Lofland) are two teen boys living on a river in Arkansas who make an amazing find one day.  A boat, stuck in a tree.  They immediately decide it is theirs, until they look inside and discover that someone is living there.  There being a somewhat remote island up-river from where they live.  The boat’s occupant is Matthew McConaughey, who tells them his name is “Mud” and he wants to make a deal with the boys.  If they will supply him with food, he will let them have the boat.  He’s waiting to meet someone and once that someone and he connect, he’s leaving.  The boys agree to the deal.

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And the Independent Spirit Award Goes to…

Ave DuVernay, writer/director/producer of 'Middle of Nowhere' accepting the John Cassavettes Award at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards
Ave DuVernay, writer/director/producer of ‘Middle of Nowhere’ accepting the John Cassavettes Award at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards

Saturday before the Oscar broadcast takes the spotlight away from Hollywood Boulevard temporarily and moves it West to Santa Monica beach for the Independent Spirit Awards.  Silver Linings Playbook grabbed four awards including Best Director and Best Screenplay for writer/director David O. Russell. Not surprisingly, The Sessions won two awards for acting.  Here is a list of the winners in the major categories:

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‘Magic Mike’ lacks magic

The guys take it all off for 'Magic Mike'
The guys take it all off for ‘Magic Mike’

Some motion pictures manage to be two different movies within the same film.  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragonis, for example, is both a martial arts epic and a beautiful dramatic love story.  Magic Mike tries hard to be several movies – and ends up being none of them.

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‘Magic Mike’ is a bad tease with no payoff

Matthew McConaughy strips it all off in 'Magic Mike'
Matthew McConaughy strips it all off in ‘Magic Mike’

[rating=3]Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn, Matthew McConaughy, Matt Bomer, Joe Mangianello
Director(s): Steven Soderbergh
Writer(s): Reid Carolin

Did you know Channing Tatum is hot? It’s true! And Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh’s inside-but-not-probing look at a club full of male strippers, puts a lot (but not all) of the goods on display. And boy does he want to be a major star. Who needs chops when you have abs? Credited to Reid Carolin, Tatum’s producing partner, Mike broaches an interesting subject but plays it so safe that it loses any sense of urgency. It’s a star vehicle in which all players stay belted into the passenger seat.

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