'Annie' enlivened by its child star

December 19, 2014 1:00 PM

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'Annie' enlivened by its child star

It seems sadly apt that the Daddy Warbucks figure played by Jamie Foxx in the new Annie is a cellphone mogul. Because Foxx is pretty much phoning in his performance.

A ho-hum remake/update of the movie musical about a plucky orphan and the moneyed patriarch whose icy heart she toasts like campfire marshmallows, Annie has its moments of charm and snap. Quvenzhané Wallis, the Oscar-nominated star of the trippy bayou indie Beasts of the Southern Wild, simply has to...

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