First screened in September 2011
Director: Gavin O'Connor. Cast: Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo, Maximiliano Hernández, Kevin Dunn, Bryan Callen, Sam Sheridan, Vanessa Martinez, Jake McLaughlin, Gavin O'Connor, Noah Emmerich, Kurt Angle, Erik Apple, Anthony Johnson, Roan Carneiro. Screenplay: Gavin O'Connor, Anthony Tambakis, and Cliff Dorfman (based on an original screen story by Gavin O'Connor and Cliff Dorfman).

Twitter Capsule: Three hearty courses at the Steak 'n' Shake. Leonine lunges at emotion pay off even when they cheat. Edgerton best in show.

VOR:   Well-made across the board, but in every sense a triumph over pretty dog-eared material. Maybe its earnest emotionalism merits credit for standing out in too-cool marketplace?

Photo © 2011 Lions Gate Entertainment

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Supporting Actor: Nick Nolte

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