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Beyond the Lights

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BEYOND THE LIGHTS Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Suzanne Tenner

Beyond the Lights

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
116 minutes
Wide Release Date:
11/14/14
performer:
Minnie Driver, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker
director:
Gina Prince Bythewood
distributor:
Relativity Media
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B+

Gugu Mbatha-Raw felt more comfortable in her corsets for the colonial drama Belle than with the artificial nails she put on to play a pop star in writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Beyond the Lights. ”I broke so many nails — they were always lying all over the place,” she recalls, laughing. But starring as Noni — a songstress torn between her calculating momager (Minnie Driver) and her attraction to a sweet security guard (Nate Parker) — required more than multiple trips to the manicurist. The British actress spent hours in the recording studio (”I sing on every track,” she says), learned numerous dance routines, and even took notes backstage at the 2012 Grammy Awards.

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