LUV

In limited release comes LUV, a coming-of-age drama starring newcomer Michael Rainey Jr. as Woody, an 11-year-old boy who accompanies his Uncle Vincent (Common) over the course of an increasingly bizarre day in Baltimore. Vincent is just out of prison, and his attempt to secure a loan to start a new business leads him from a bank to former partners in Vincent’s criminal activities who are uneasy around Vincent, whose release from prison seems questionable to them. The film descends increasingly into a sad, dark story that unfortunately strains at believability at times. What helps LUV is a strong core cast, which also features supporting roles from Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, and a particularly effective Dennis Haysbert

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