A knotted family tree of tragedy and turmoil plays out — with an Oklahoma family gathering after the death of an uncle — in August: Osage County, which has a star-studded cast bringing the Tony award-winning play to the screen.

While many of the dark comedic lines are entertaining, what's missing is a sense of control, says CBC's Eli Glasner. Director John Wells at times seems AWOL, letting his impressive team of actors run wild.

The stars includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper and Abigail Breslin. The film has earned Streep a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy for her portrayal of Violet Weston, the snarky, cancer-battling, pill-popping matriarch.

Roberts, who plays one of Violet's three daughters, is up for best supporting actress in a motion picture.

Watch Eli Glasner's review in the attached video.