Picks and Pans Review: Rent This! Frozen River

updated 02/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

>FOR TRUE GRIT, IT'S TOUGH TO TOP MELISSA LEO (left) in her flinty turn—she's up for a Best Actress Oscar—in this taut drama now on DVD. She plays a struggling single mom who turns to smuggling to keep possession of her trailer home. Cool fact: Leo drew inspiration for her portrayal from John Wayne's work in classic westerns.

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