Call an entertainer’s work “conventional” nowadays and you might receive a gob of spit in your eye. Yet here comes Ray, a biopic about the great soul singer, Ray Charles, and it is as respectful of the conventions of the show-biz screen biography as any movie of the forties or fifties. All the set-pieces of the genre have been slickly packaged by director Taylor Hackford and scriptwriter James L. White: the wounded childhood (little Ray’...
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