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The Paperboy

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A reporter returns home to Florida to investigate a case involving a death row inmate

Nobody seems to know what to make of The Paperboy. 

Will it end up as fodder for bad-movie podcasts, a dodgy footnote in some illustrious careers? 

Or did Precious director Lee Daniels turn in a modern camp classic worthy of John waters himself? 

The byzantine plot defies a brief synopsis, but it’s not really the point: the swampy Southern gothic atmosphere is so well realised, you feel the need to take a shower afterwards. 

Better still are the ultra-committed performances from Nicole Kidman, Matt McConaughey and an off-the-leash John Cusack.

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