'Beyond the Lights': Love story sings, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw

November 14, 2014 2:04 PM

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Those perpetually looking, usually in vain, for non-teenage love stories at the movies have two good (and very different) options this week: "The Theory of Everything," about the marriage of Stephen and Jane Hawking, and the light-years-away "Beyond the Lights," a well-told and well-cast tale of fictional British R&B singer Noni Jean (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and the handsome L.A. cop Kaz (Nate Parker) with whom she falls in love.

Before you start thinking "The Bodyguard," note that this film is from writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood, who showed us years ago in "Love and Basketball" that she has a knack for creating romantic stories about people who seem real to us_people who we want to see together. And in Mbatha-Raw, sh...

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