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''Shadowboxer''

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Shadowboxer

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
93 minutes
Limited Release Date:
07/21/06
performer:
Cuba Gooding Jr., Helen Mirren, Vanessa Ferlito, Macy Gray
director:
Lee Daniels
distributor:
Freestyle Releasing
author:
William Lipz
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A-

Forgoing the theatrical anger so popular with female singers today, newcomer Fiona Apple takes a restrained approach on this torch ballad. Singing to a former lover, her slurred, smoky vocals float above a loping, gospel-tinged piano, vibes, and string arrangement, making her ”Shadowboxer” sound like Nina Simone covering early Elton John. Although she’s only 18, she has the poise of a seasoned singer. A-