'Annie' remake takes hard knocks from critics

December 19, 2014 6:51 PM

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Movie critics are feeling more tricked than treated by director Will Gluck's contemporary update of "Annie," which stars Jamie Foxx as a New York City billionaire who takes in a foster kid (Quvenzhane Wallis, of "Beasts of the Southern Wild") to advance his mayoral campaign. Ironically, a film that hinges on a cynical, calculated ploy is being called out as just that.

The Times' Betsy Sharkey wrote, "Gluck's glam, grim re-imagining of the Depression-era musical about the hard-hearted rich man and the little girl who melts him is truly depressing." She added, "Cynicism lurks around every corner, hides behind nearly every smile and overtakes the story. Though some ...

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