Review | The Lincoln Lawyer

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Us Rating: ***

This taut thriller has attorney Mick (Matthew McConaughey) defending a cocky heir (Ryan Phillippe) charged with sexual assault. McConaughey excels as he smooth-talks everybody from a bail bondsman to a Hells Angel -- though he can't fool his ex (Marisa Tomei). Phillippe gives strong support as the calculating rich boy. (Lionsgate, $30)

--THELMA ADAMS