DVD: The Lincoln Lawyer (15)

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The Lincoln Lawyer, like most John Grisham movie adaptations, is chiefly enjoyable for its cameos (also see Gary Busey in The Firm and Will Patton in The Client).

Here, the highlights are Shea Whigham's droll prosecuting witness and Laurence Mason's cool chauffeur ("You're nobody 'till somebody shoots you"). The plot centres on Matthew McConaug-hey's smug defence lawyer, Mickey, who takes on Ryan Phillippe's wealthy young playboy as a client. He's been accused of raping a prostitute, and Mickey quickly suspects that his client is guilty of this and more. A slick, polished thriller with a (shock, horror) good performance from McConaughey.