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Seen and Heard

Seen and Heard at the Movies: Bolstered by a great title performance from Jamie Foxx, Taylor Hackford’s Ray is a first-rate musical biography of Ray Charles. The film, which charts the singer’s life and career from the 1940s to superstardom (and heroin addiction) in the 1960s, flashing back to his childhood in the rural South, is marred by a conventional tendency to connect the psychological dots, as well as by overlength and a slackening of momentum in the final half-hour. But

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