Latest ‘Annie’ lacks heart, decent musical numbers

December 19, 2014 5:10 AM

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Latest ‘Annie’ lacks heart, decent musical numbers

This modern-day adaptation of “Annie” opens with a class presentation from a familiar freckled redhead (Taylor Richardson, who played Annie on Broadway). Psych! Up pops a wild-haired Quvenzhane Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) as our title character.

This is just the first of many nods to the original Depression era-set musical first brought to screen by John Huston in 1982. Unfortunately, they’re just sad reminders of a better “Annie.”

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