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Film Review - Lee Daniels' The Butler

BUTLER Robin Williams

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is the official title of this picture due to ridiculous studio tensions that forced distributor The Weinstein Company to make a slight alteration to the label to prevent additional retitling banality. Turns out, the Lee Daniels brand on the feature is more appropriate than previously imagined, as “The Butler” is sopping wet with his filmmaking DNA, forgoing a clean sense of history and timing to slosh around numerous eras and interactions, almost forming a narrative by accident. It could some extra baking time in an editing suite, but the movie is undeniably passionate work, doing a commendable job making sense out of the helmer’s scattershot approach to a highly ordered life. Read the rest at


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