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'Love Beats Rhymes': Film Review

'Love Beats Rhymes': Film Review

Wu-Tang Clan co-founder RZA makes a sharp stylistic departure with his directorial follow-up to his debut feature, 2012's martial arts extravaganza The Man With the Iron Fists. Featuring rapper/singer Azealia Banks in her first starring role, the punningly titled Love Beats Rhymes is a romantic drama that also explores the comparative merits of poetry and rap. Despite its frequently clunky dramaturgy, the film makes some interesting points while providing an excellent showcase for Banks' considerable onscreen charisma.

The pop star plays Coco, a young Staten Island woman who works in her mother's (Lorraine Toussaint) soul food restaurant while struggling to...

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