Every time I write off Matthew McConaughey as a set of abs best suited to play a shirtless cad (see: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days), he reminds me of how resourceful an actor he is. When the drawling Texan leaves that pigeonhole, he soars.
As the bottom-feeder attorney in The Lincoln Lawyer, a twisty, cleverly plotted thriller based on the crime novel by Michael Connelly, McConaughey acts with his head and body. His legal eagle is a predator, all right, but one who retracts the talons in favor of mind games.
Brad Furman's movie is shamelessly entertaining and the best thing in it is McConaughey's Mickey Haller, known as "the Lincoln lawyer" because his office is his Town Car. Why pay for overhead when you have an ex-wife (Marisa Tomei as a world-weary assistant district attorney) and kid to help support?