With sex, obsession, murder, racism, alligators and reptilian humans in a Florida swamp, “The Paperboy” is both a torrid mess and, amid Hollywood’s prevailing timidness, a commendable display of audacity.
Writer-director Lee Daniels scores pulpy entertainment points with some immersive backwater sludge, but overall goes bonkers with luridness in this place-and-time sleazefest. The casualties are narrative cohesion and emotional dimension. Read More
Regardless of whether you deem it bold art or a riveting hodgepodge, “Precious” — a sticky mixture of inspiration drama, gothic horror, contemporary neorealism, pop-flashy fantasy and heroic-teacher genre formula — is an undeniably moving film about the oppression and triumph of an abused teen. Read More
For any actress, landing the title role in a movie like Lee Daniels’ “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” a powerful drama about an overweight, illiterate teenager who escapes her abusive mother with the help of a dedicated teacher (Paula Patton) and a social worker (Mariah Carey), would be a coup.