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‘Dallas Buyers Club’ lets McConaughey shine

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Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey has seemed to be working up to something big lately, and his role in “Dallas Buyers Club” could be it — a Texas good old boy named Ron Woodroof who contracted HIV and became a hero of the alternative-medicine underground in the late 1980s. It’s a choice part that seems tailored to the star’s mischievous streak, his newfound ambition, and the expectations of Oscar-season uplift.

The movie’s often touching and very watchable, but what gets you past the script’s sincere calculation is the growing sense of rage toward a medical-industrial complex that saw AIDS sufferers as guinea pigs and sources of profit. With a terrific Jared Leto as the hero’s drag queen business partner and Jennifer Garner in the thankless (and fictionalized) role of their doctor.

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