Disturbing and ugly best describes the ensemble cast in **Dallas Buyers Club.** Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, this film features extreme close-ups of the AIDS epidemic from the perspective of both patient and caregiver. Yet given it's gloomy premise, **Dallas Buyers Club** has many redemptive moments.
Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is a roughhousing rodeo cowboy. After an orgy, Ron contracts the HIV virus and is given 30 days to live. During this month, Ron runs afoul the medical community and dislikes being associated with the homosexual community. When he survives past his original death sentence, Ron challenges the medical community when he learns about AZT - a drug that can postpone full blown AIDS. Matthew McConaughey gives the performance of his career and is likely to take home an Oscar Sunday night.