Director: John Wells. Cast: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin,Benedict Cumberbatch, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney. 121 min. Rated R. Drama.
A somewhat "cruel" soap opera, about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family who get together for the patriarch's passing, and dark family secret after dark family secret is exposed till the very end, with no bright moment in sight. So really not much of a story. But then in this star-studded piece, there's Julia Roberts' presence, which is significantly better than her showy performance in Erin Brockovich; and Meryl Streep's every move, every gesture, every word ... which makes you think she's probably the greatest actress alive. Probably the greatest actress that ever lived.