By: Jonathan Richards Published online: Friday, November 02, 2012 Appeared in: Pasateimpo
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Director Lee Daniels
won awards and plaudits for the painfully
titled Precious: Based on the Novel “Push”
by Sapphire. This one will get some attention, too.
Matthew McConaughey delivers another of the lean,
dark-tinged, laconic performances that have marked
his resurgence, and Nicole Kidman, playing a Southern
Barbie, has a couple of startling scenes that will
command much of the attention. The story, based
on a Pete Dexter novel, brings a Miami reporter
(McConaughey) and his partner (David Oyelowo) to
backwater Florida in 1969 to investigate a possible
miscarriage of justice. Once you meet the imprisoned
subject, a super-creepy John Cusack, you’ll want the
miscarriage left as is. The movie has power and originality, but it’s an over-the-top mess of styles, shocks,
and excess. It got booed at Cannes, which may or
may not be a recommendation. Rated R. 101 minutes.