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Matthew McConaughey brings “beautifully realized angst” to the title role in this effective drama about an Arkansas drifter who enlists two teenage boys in his bid to win a woman’s heart, said the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. An “excellent” Reese Witherspoon co-stars.
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This tale about a girl group in 1960s Australia is “nearly impossible to resist,” said USA Today. Bridesmaids’ Chris O’Dowd proves “a charmer” as a talent scout who convinces the young women to sing soul music, and “the transcendent vitality” of the era’s music does the rest.
Lord of the Flies
Theater director Peter Brook knew what he was doing when he chose to improvise his way through adapting William Golding’s novel, said the Norfolk, Va., Virginian-Pilot. In Brook’s powerful 1963 drama about schoolboys reverting to savagery on a desert island, “there is no artifice.”
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