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Dallas Buyers Club

Over the years I have said some mean things about Matthew McConaughey, who always struck me as creepy in standard issue rom-coms and hero roles. I may sometimes have expressed this unkindly but I don’t think I was wrong—he’s really not suited to be a conventional leading man. And the proof of that is the way he’s bloomed since he started taking edgier roles, beginning with The Lincoln Lawyer and developing in smaller films like Bernie, Mud, and Killer Joe.

Delivery Man

In David Wozniak 40-some years in Brooklyn, he’s been a failure at pretty much everything. His pregnant girlfriend would rather raise their baby alone than have to depend on him for anything. He’s deep in debt, and not with the kind of loans that you can renegotiate. His idea of a sound business investment is hydroponic equipment. He only has a job because his family owns a successful butcher shop.

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