The Lincoln Lawyer (R)


Matthew McConaughey is hotshot Los Angeles defense attorney Mick who uses his vintage Lincoln Continental as an office. He meets his match in the form of Louis (Ryan Phillippe), a Beverly Hills brat accused of trying to murder a prostitute. Phillippe is ideally cast but isn’t given enough screen time to fully flesh out his character. This is a thoroughly entertaining mystery thriller that leaves you wanting more. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it turn into a franchise.

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Shocked and Awed by Swamplandia!

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Shocked and Awed by Swamplandia!

By M. Scott Krause

Karen Russell’s debut novel, Swamplandia! (Alfred A. Knopf, $25), is both magical and menacing. It’s the story of the Bigtree family, a group of eccentrics who run an alligator-themed amusement park in Florida. The park’s main attraction is the family matriarch—Hilola Bigtree—who wrestles alligators while her husband, Chief Bigtree, works both the spotlight and the microphone.