"Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Kick-Ass 2," "Jobs," "Paranoia," "Ain't Them Bodies" Saints and other new releases reviewed.
Lee Daniels Precious
This sprawling, highly fictional biopic of longtime White House butler Eugene Allen is at once gratuitously sentimental and genuinely rousing.
A very special delivery indeed, director Lee Daniels' follow-up to "Precious" is a risibly overheated, not unenjoyable slab of late-'60s Southern pulp trash.
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In the midst of recruiting an all-star ensemble for his long-gestating passion project "The Butler," director Lee Daniels has tapped Jane Fonda to play Nancy Reagan.
"Lee Daniels spent many years convincing Sapphire that he was the one to bring her book to film," says producer.
"It's like I'm on a cloud, waiting for someone to pop it," says the director.
"Precious" helmer Lee Daniels can't be easy to work for. But what emerged from reports of on-set tumult is a film that's been met with standing ovations at screenings and festivals.