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  • Summary: An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the uncle he idolizes in LUV, a poignant and gritty coming-of-age story featuring standout performances by Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Charles S. Dutton and newcomer Michael Rainey Jr. With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson lives with his grandmother in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent has recently returned home after eight years in prison, determined to straighten out his life by opening a high-end crab shack that will establish him as a solid citizen with a legitimate future. Soon Vincent finds himself pulled back into the violent world he is trying to escape- and Woody has to decide whether to follow his hero- or become his own man. (Indomina Releasing) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Feb 26, 2013
    LUV is partly a story about drugs, guns and street crime, the legacies we pass on to our children despite our efforts to do otherwise. But it’s also about the things we pass on to our children with love: How to tie a necktie, hold a steering wheel, shake another person’s hand. And it’s about the hope that those things will win out in the end.
  2. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Jan 17, 2013
    The big names in the cast add atmosphere in small doses, especially when Haysbert and Glover combine.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jan 17, 2013
    An uneven but strongly acted debut feature from co-writer and director Sheldon Candis.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Nov 4, 2012
    Heartfelt and formulaic in equal measure.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jan 17, 2013
    It's a shame that the plot proves to be such a head-scratcher when so many elements of the film seem promising.
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jan 16, 2013
    Candis and Wilson sandbag their actors with dialogue that's a mix of dull exposition and pulp clichés, and rarely natural-sounding or colorful.
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    The absurd turns the story takes to serve up streetwise and bloody "life lessons" for the kid will make any parent blanch and any movie lover roll his or her eyes.

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