"Lone Survivor" is a brutally honest depiction of ground combat in the 21st century. It provides an unflinching look at the gritty reality facing our finest soldiers in the merciless badlands of Afghanistan. It should be required viewing for every member of Congress and the executive branch of our government.
An American war movie like no other, it relays the unvarnished truth of a real-life Navy Seal operation gone bad.
The chaos and horror of small-unit warfare has never been more forcefully presented. The violence is intense, but so is the unwavering courage and commitment of the men in the line of fire.
Director Peter Berg has created a somber tribute to the very bravest among us. But the final result of their unquestioned honor and sacrifice is a disturbing wake-up call for all of us.
Taking 'fun' out of dysfunctional
The movie version of
This is a Tony and
A family crisis reunites the members of the Weston family in Oklahoma, headed by the brittle, drug- and cancer-addled Violet (Streep). She and oldest daughter Barbara (Roberts) relish pushing each other's buttons, and Violet's sister Mattie Fae (Martindale) is no saint either. So many secrets, so many tortured souls, so many hopeful for an acting award.
This is a thespian's dream. The actors face off and try to outdo each other. Nobody gets close to Streep, who's like a gladiator, cutting down all in her path. But you get so caught up in watching her that everything else becomes secondary. Roberts comes close, but the best she can manage most of the time is to clench her jaw and smile.
One can appreciate the talent that makes up "August: Osage County," but it's very difficult to endure the two hours-plus of such misery. I'm all for black humor, but there's not much heart.