Review | Winter's Bone

Credit: Sebastian Mlynarski

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Us Rating: ****

In this haunting, vivid indie (a player in the next awards season), a tough teen (newcomer Jennifer Lawrence) looks for her drug-making dad after he jumps bail and leaves her home in the Ozark Mountains as collateral. Her determination propels this tale of a woman fighting to survive in a world of rural crystal meth cookers. (Lionsgate, $28)