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Film review

The ‘truth’ hurts in melodramatic ‘Osage’

Meryl Streep, seated, and Julia Roberts play mother and daughter in the film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ play “August: Osage County.”
Photographer: The Weinstein Co.
Meryl Streep, seated, and Julia Roberts play mother and daughter in the film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ play “August: Osage County.”
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“August: Osage County” travels from the stage to the screen with much of its theatricality intact. Too much. For all the scenic prairie panoramas and lived-in look of the big, rural Oklahoma house that is the setting, it still feels like a play — with Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and pretty much everybody else projecting to the back row.

It’s a sharp-tongued melodrama of cruelty, comical cursing, “big scenes” and shocking revelations. Pulitzer Prize-winning ...

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