'Beyond the Lights' doesn't get beneath the surface

November 13, 2014 5:08 AM

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The demands are great, particularly for women, who must make all kinds of deals with the devil (and themselves) in pursuit of fame. The sexualization of female stars is not exactly a secret, but it's one that Gina Prince-Bythewood's film "Beyond the Lights" seeks to lay bare, so to speak.

If only the story wasn't so mind-numbingly dumb. (Prince-Bythewood also wrote the script.)

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