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Lurid bayou drama goes way over the top

Matthew McConaughey, left, plays Miami reporter Ward Jansen and Zac Efron is Ward’s younger brother, Jack, in “The Paperboy.”  (Anne Marie Fox/Millennium Films)
Matthew McConaughey, left, plays Miami reporter Ward Jansen and Zac Efron is Ward’s younger brother, Jack, in “The Paperboy.” (Anne Marie Fox/Millennium Films)
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Talk about your beasts of the Southern wild! In director Lee Daniels’ jacked-up bayou melodrama “The Paperboy,” taken from the comparatively sane 1995 potboiler by Pete Dexter, a screen full of charismatic actors do their damnedest not to turn into a screen full of overactors in the service of a lurid Florida Gothic. But let’s be clear here. To say “The Paperboy” doesn’t work is one thing; to say it’s dull is a lie. This ...


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