What would happen if you took fairy tales and jostled them together as if they were the stories of a community? Each neighbor would have a tale, but each tale would segue or impinge or depend on the lives of others in the village. The result would be a melange of magic and mayhem.
A revisionist addition to the western genre, "The Homesman" is a curious film. Its title suggests an emphasis on the cantankerous George Briggs though its focus more often falls on women of the plains, notably Mary Bee Cuddy who saves Briggs' from certain death if he'll agree to travel east, from Nebraska to Iowa, delivering three women driven insane.
The best news about the film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer-Prize-winning drama, "August: Osage County," occurs very early. The opening monologue has been trimmed to a mere sliver. Indeed, 40 minutes have been sliced out of the play; the cuts are hardly detectable -- and that's good.