Review | The Lincoln Lawyer

Credit: Lionsgate

Air Date: Friday 3/18

Us Rating: ***

This tension-filled thriller -- based on Michael Connelly's 2008 bestseller -- has charismatic attorney Mick (Matthew McConaughey, perfectly cast) defending a cocky heir (Ryan Phillippe) charged with sexual assault. McConaughey excels as he smooth-talks everybody from a bail bondsmen to a Hell's Angel, though he can't fool his ex-wife (a sexy Marisa Tomei). Phillippe also delivers as a coiled, calculated rich boy used to getting what he wants.

-- THELMA ADAMS