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Film, "The Paperboy": Getting Filthy in Sweaty South Florida

"The Paperboy": Getting Filthy in Sweaty South Florida

Precious director Lee Daniels' Southern Gothic noir presents itself with the doubtful come-hither hospitality of a gator-filled swamp. Moistly set in South Florida in the '60s, it involves cornfed creep John Cusack's wrongful imprisonment on death row coming to the…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Precious</i>

Precious

In her broad outlines, Claireece Precious Jones, the central figure of director Lee Daniels’s Precious, risks sounding like the epitome of ghetto cliché: an obese, illiterate 16-year-old; physically and psychologically abused by her mother; repeatedly raped by her father. Based…
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Film, <i>Precious</i> locates the heart &#151; and hell &#151; of its heroine's struggle

Precious locates the heart — and hell — of its heroine's struggle

In her broad outlines, Claireece Precious Jones risks sounding like the epitome of ghetto cliché: an obese, illiterate 16-year-old; mother to a four-year-old Down syndrome daughter and now pregnant again; physically and psychologically abused by her mother; repeatedly raped by…
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Film, Film Feature

Recession Fest

What is the shape and size of a human soul? Does it look like a chickpea? A gumdrop? A pet rock? And if you could somehow extract your soul from your body, what would be left? Would you still be…
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Film, Show Me the Mommy

Show Me the Mommy

Monster's Ball producer Lee Daniels makes his directorial debut with Shadowboxer, and it couldn't be clearer that he's trying to follow his previous formula for success. Oscar-caliber actors? Check. Interracial sex? Plenty. A violent demise or two, all in the…
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