Dallas Buyers Club ★★★½

Confirmed: No better actor out there than McConaughey, whose weight loss reads here less as frail (though yes, he's on death's door) than wiry and scrappy and spoiling for a fight. And I liked the film as long as it was about that fight; at its best, it's like a feature analog to How To Survive A Plague, telling a story about the active role someone HIV/AIDS takes in his own recovery, in defiance of the carelessness and insidious bureaucracy of pharmaceutical companies and regulatory agencies. Then it goes Hollywood in the closing stretch, with more of an emphasis on victimhood and self-congratulation.