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In a career of sinister roles, Margo Martindale shines as a sweet mom in 'The Hollars'

In a career of sinister roles, Margo Martindale shines as a sweet mom in 'The Hollars'

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In person she has a big, Texas-girl laugh and an agreeable manner, yet Margo Martindale’s splashiest roles, Emmy-winners like backwoods crime boss Mags on TV’s “Justified” and the ex- KGB supervisor Claudia on “The Americans,” are shiveringly sinister. Then along comes “The Hollars,” a four-tissue weeper directed by actor John Krasinski, and Martindale proves that she’s just as effective a scene-stealer when she’s playing a selfless, sweet-faced Midwestern housewife named Sally Hollar.

Because Sally’s...

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