Feb 7 - Feb 9, 2014
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee
Rated R, 117 min.
Underwritten by Tim Lapage of Safari Experts
Academy Award nominee Matthew McConaughey stars as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. Shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, he decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts - who he once would have shunned - and established a hugely successful buyers' club. Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story told with vigor, warmth and humor in this deserving Oscar Best Picture nominee.
McConaughey delivers the performance of his career, characterized not just by an astonishing physical transformation but by a wellspring of deep compassion and fearlessness. - Washington Post
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