Review: Streep holds nothing back in brutal drama

December 20, 2013 • Entertainment

This image released by The Weinstein Company shows, from left, producers George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and actresses Meryl Streep, and Julianne Nicholson on the set of “August: Osage County.” (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Claire Folger)

Planning some extended family dinners over the holidays? Worried that folks might not get along, that festering tensions might surface, that people might get tipsy and say too much?

Well, here’s an idea: First, go see “August: Osage County,” the blistering film adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning Tracy Letts play starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

Because once you’ve witnessed the rollicking, vicious family dinner that’s the dramatic centerpiece of this movie, you’ll know you’re safe. No family meal of your own will ever seem truly unpleasant after you’ve witnessed this scene. Festering tensions? Try brutal wounds, caused by the bitterest of insults lobbed across the table with those mashed potatoes. The kind of insults that only those closest to you — we’re talking family — could ever dream up.

It is, of course, delicious that the most biting of these insults come from the mouth of the one and only Streep, who holds absolutely Login to read more

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