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Film review

Star excels as a man facing death sentence in early years of AIDS crisis

Jared Leto, left, plays Rayon and Matthew McConaughey stars as Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Photographer: Anne Marie Fox/Focus Features
Jared Leto, left, plays Rayon and Matthew McConaughey stars as Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club.”
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What’s been missing from all the movies about AIDS and the history of the AIDS crisis is that Matthew McConaughey swagger. And we never would have realized that if he hadn’t made “Dallas Buyers Club.” Here’s a film about the early years of the crisis packed with a healthy dose of evolving attitudes about AIDS and homosexuality and good-ol’-boy get-’er-done optimism. And if McConaughey and co-star Jared Leto don’t earn Oscar nominations for “Buyers Club,” ...

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