'Beyond the Lights' is a romance that asks, 'Can this celebrity be saved?'

November 10, 2014 1:16 PM

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But it's so well written, cast and played that we lose ourselves in the comfort food familiarity of it all. This hip-hop era "Bodyguard" has heart and soul, thanks to stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver and Nate Parker. Simple as it is, it simply works.

Mbatha-Raw shows a totally different set of skills from those on display in her breakout period piecehit "Belle." As rising hip hop-phenom Noni, she sings about her frankest desires and provocatively dances in outfits that leave little to the imagination.

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