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Movie review: Brilliant performances carry gritty ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Published 01/03/2014, Duluth News Tribune

Whether it’s Robert De Niro or Charlize Theron packing on the pounds (and winning Oscars) for “Raging Bull” and “Monster,” respectively, or Christian Bale appearing so emaciated in “The Machinist” you wondered if he risked his health for his art, there’s something fascinating but also almost grotesque about actors who undergo radical physical transformations in the name of authenticity.

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