Wild ★★½

Although the beats are certainly familiar, this cinematic adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's 40-days-in-the-desert memoir is not quite as Oscar-baity as its trailer suggests. Indeed, Laura Dern turns in one of the finer supporting performances of the year. Unfortunately, Wild's road movie rhythm is marred by a curiously abrupt and perfunctory ending, as if screenwriter Nick Hornby suddenly ran out of paper and decided to call it a day.