Let's face it, it sucks when people die. Except sometimes in the movie, because then it gives filmmakers an opportunity to put together an amazing ensemble cast for one of those big family dramas where everyone comes together and their shared grief causes them all to say a bunch of stuff nobody should probably say out loud.
Hey, if someone has to die to give us a new Meryl Streep movie, then so be it.
Directed by John Wells, the force behind 2010's acclaimed drama "The Company Men," "August: Osage County" is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Tracy Letts. It tells the story of a woman (that's Streep) coming to terms with the fact that her husband committed suicide.
That process is made significantly more complicated by the menagerie of family members and hangers on who show up for the funeral, including her partially estranged daughter (Julia Roberts) and her soon-to-be ex-husband (Ewan McGregor), her other daughters (Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson) and a bunch of other folk (including Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sam Shepard and Abigail Breslin among others).
In other words, it's a great story with an amazing all-star cast.
See? Death isn't always so bad after all.