From the desk of The Movie Snob
Winter’s Bone (B+). Life is hard in the grim Missouri Ozarks. A 17-year-old girl named Ree Dolly struggles to finish high school while taking care of her two younger siblings and their mentally ill mother in their poor little house. Then bad news arrives. Her meth-cooking father has jumped bail after signing over the house and land, and if he misses his court date the family will be evicted. Someone in her extended family probably knows where he is, but in this culture people don’t talk, and asking questions will get you beaten or worse. But Ree will not be deterred, and the tension steadily mounts as she pursues her quest. It’s a good movie, and I think Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Ree, deserves an Oscar nomination.