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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

Dallas Buyers Club trailer: please take Matthew McConaughey seriously now

If you’d noticed that Matthew McConaughey had been looking rather terrifyingly gaunt recently, this is why. He dropped nearly 50 pounds — and he was pretty slim to start with — to play this AIDS patient. He’s clearly been making a dramatic shift over the past few years to be seen as a serious actor, and it seems to be paying off. This film looks fantastic. Hard to watch, probably, but fantastic (hopefully) nevertheless.


US/Canada release date: Nov 1 2013 | UK release date: Feb 7 2014
official site | IMDb
  • Karl Morton IV

    Jared Leto’s making a not-unobtrusive bid for Best Supporting – he’ll be a shoe-in if his character dies! ;)

    Seriously, I didn’t realize it was him until his name came up. Loads of damn’ good people all over this.

  • singlestick

    McConaughey has been doing consistently good work for the past few years (including “Magic Mike,” a film which apparently scared some people away with all that male stripping). I was not previously aware of this film. It looks potentially amazing.

  • I don’t think it was the stripping that scared people away from *Magic Mike,* but the dull story and uninteresting characters (including McConaughey’s).

    But he’s *excellent* in *Mud* and *Bernie.*

  • RogerBW

    Making the skeeve work for him by playing characters who are skeevy but eventually sympathetic — a very smart career move.

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