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18 Aug 2013 - 12:01:29 pm

Movie Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Which is a shame. While this chintzy-looking romantic comedy thinks just a few sight gags are enough, a sneakier satire would have gone further. But that alternate Austenland would need to be less square than this one, directed by Napoleon Dynamite co-writer Jerusha Hess and produced by Twilight doyenne Stephenie Meyer. Between the squealing giddiness demonstrated at the mere thought of a submersive Austen-world and the way almost every moment is overplayed, the film wears out its welcome faster than a poor cousin in the country guesthouse. Keri Russell is Jane (get it?), a plain-Jane (yes, we get it ...) who blows her life savings on a trip to a Disney-like mini-theme park populated by the types of characters in Pride & Prejudice, Emma and Sense & Sensibility. Janes luck with gauche modern guys is nil. She pines for a real-life Darcy, obsessed as she is with Colin Firths 1995 turn in the BBC production of P&P. So shes primed for what Austenlands proprietor (starchily one-note Jane Seymour) promises will wind up in romance no touching allowed, of course. Keri Russell and JJ Feild in Austenland Janes fellow emotional tourist is a crass American ( Jennifer Coolidge ) whos there because she thinks her cleavage will look great in the tight gowns. Coolidge, a trouper, practically bursts a hamstring trying to save every scene shes in. On the weedy grounds of Austenlands English estate, where fake deer are set up in the background and faux pheasants are shot, Jane (pseudonym: Ms.

Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lenny Kravitz shine the most and are most memorable in their supporting roles. see here The main trouble is in the secondary casting and some of the script. The moments that work the most are all about family interaction. It would have been better to focus more on those, and less on snapshots in history, as if a checklist of events were required to get the script green lit. There is a cavalcade of stars, playing what I wouldcall "Icons R Us," as presidents and leading historical figures. The roles of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Reagan are played by famous actors who are a distraction, however well they portray them. They are often shown in their most famous garb, and represented with their various well known and storied traits, as with Kennedy's pained back or Johnson's beloved beagle dogs. The recognizability of the actors, like John Cusack as Nixon and Robin Williams as Eisenhower, all but grind the movie to a halt.

Movie review: 'The Butler' gives White House servant's view of times from Eisenhower to Obama

Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Movie poster artist Drew Struzan gets the doc treatment Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY 10:42 a.m. EDT August 16, 2013 A new documentary examines the career of artist Drew Struzan. (Photo: SHARE 78 CONNECT 20 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE When I look at a Drew Struzan poster, I'm immediately transported to my childhood. Struzan is the artist behind some of the most iconic hand-painted movie posters of all time, from the Star Wars franchise to the Back to the Future movies to the Indiana Jones films.

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history. Daniels' explanation of their casting serves to remind that it still is. To its credit, The Butler doesn't whine or preach much. It's happy to settle for a broad rendering of the way things were and are. White supremacy Kim Kardashian download keeps Cecil underpaid compared to his white colleagues, but his unjustly modest salary supports a lower middle-class life that allows his son Louis (David Oyelowo) to branch off, protest, and eventually pursue a political career. "Everything you are and everything you have is cause of that butler," says Cecil's wife Gloria (Winfrey) to their son during a showdown. Cecil isn't a bad guy for forbidding his sons to hear Martin Luther King, Jr., speak, The Butler says, just a product of his time who's accepted the system because he was raised without a choice. Winfrey, by the way, also isn't great hereshe's at her best when she's reflexively backhanding her son or clucking under her breath, but otherwise she's inhabiting a character who's written too broadly to come off as truly inhabited.

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The rest of the quote is equally as profound: When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life and try not to bash into the walls too muchthats a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple facteverything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than youshake off this erroneous notion that life is there and youre just going to live in it versus make your mark upon it. Once you learn that, you will never be the same again. Dont just live a life; build one. 5. I would rather gamble on our vision than make a me, too product. Steve Jobs believed in dreaming big.

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Whitaker allows us to sense the emotions behind his placid face and restrained body language. When, at home, he briefly erupts, the anger is that much more powerful because it's so rare. It's hard to ever forget Oprah is Oprah (this is what happens when performers are so much in the public eye) and her Gloria looks lost at a home sewing machine. But she has an awards-show moment when she's applying lipstick and drunkenly challenging her husband about how he divides his time and loyalties. The casting is both an embarrassment of riches and occasional case of stunt hiring gone awry as with Mariah Carey as young Cecil's mother, Robin Williams as President Eisenhower and Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan. Even with brown contacts, a red dress and brown hair, she's too tall and too Jane Fonda.

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