Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Dallas Roberts, Steve Zahn, Denis O'Hare, Griffin Dunne
Release date: December 6
Since he ceased making rom-com trash following 2009’s Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Matthew McConaughey has been on an absolute tear. The Lincoln Lawyer, Magic Mike, Killer Joe, and Mud were all interesting choices that displayed actual acting chops. That roll continues in the Dallas Buyers Club, a drama loosely based on the life of Ron Woodroof.
McConaughey plays the Texas electrician who, upon contracting HIV in the mid '80s and discovering that AZT, the only FDA-approved drug at the time, is harsh and ineffective, teams with an HIV-positive transsexual woman (played by Jared Leto) to smuggle alternative medicines into the U.S. and eventually form a “buyers club,” from which members can access the non-toxic treatments. The film also focuses on Woodroof’s public fight for life against U.S. medical and pharmaceutical companies, which lasted until his death in 1992, a staggering six years after doctors initially told him he had 30 days to live.
There is already awards buzz surrounding McConaughey, who lost 38 pounds to play the important pioneer in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It’s hard to believe this is the same guy who used to ease in and out of junk like How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days and Failure to Launch, but thankfully he’s found better loftier goals for his work than simply fulfilling fantasies with his shirt off. —JM