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August: Osage County

Tracy Letts' darkly comic stage play won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008, but it's really just the latest in a long line of explosively acted theatrical productions about families yelling incessantly at one another (see for example: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Long Day's Journey Into Night). Meryl Streep is the cancer-stricken, drug-addicted matriarch who gathers her family over the holidays for the purposes of high-volume criticism. Julia Roberts is at least cast against type as the put-upon oldest daughter. The acting is good, but it's an exhausting affair. 121 minutes R.