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Rated R · 117 min. · 2013


Matthew McConaughey stars in a film based on the real life of Ron Woodroof, a Dallas electrician and rodeo aficionado whose hard-living lifestyle is upended when he contracts HIV in 1985. The rendering of Woodroof's life—some of it based on hours of interviews with Woodroof in 1992, with some key components fictionalized—lands more like an issue-oriented retrospective of the despondent, deadly early years of the AIDS crisis. In the performance of his suddenly rising career, McConaughey imbues the scrawny Woodroof with an intricate mix of country cocksuredness, spiraling despair and soulful compassion. As good as it is, McConaughey's performance is repeatedly upstaged by that of Jared Leto in the role of Rayon, a transsexual AIDS sufferer who forms a personal and professional kinship with Woodroof. Leto's physical transformation is even more jarring—his immersion is unlike anything this side of Heath Ledger's Joker.

See our full review: <i>Dallas Buyers Club</i> is a drama of the AIDS crisis

Dallas Buyers Club is a drama of the AIDS crisis

As good as Matthew McConaughey is here—and this is the performance of his suddenly rising career—he is repeatedly upstaged by Jared Leto. »

Official Site: www.focusfeatures.com/dallas_buyers_club
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Writer: Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack
Producer: Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Denis O'Hare, Steve Zahn and Griffin Dunne

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