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In John Grisham's first—and some say best—novel, Matthew McConaughey plays the Southern attorney trying to acquit a black man (Samuel L. Jackson) who killed his daughter's rapists in the foyer of the county courthouse. Jackson is terrific, of course, and McConaughey flexes newfound star power. The movie itself doesn't offer up a whole lot of answers about the idea of "justified killing," but stay away from the philosophical stuff and you've got a tight thriller. With Sandra Bullock and the horrifying acting of Ashley Judd.
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