'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Review: A Mass-Audience-Friendly Portrayal of Racism's Legacy

Eighty years of the black experience in America is a lot to cram into 132 minutes, but Lee Daniels provides a fascinating survey of 20th-century domestic racism in "The Butler." While it's ostensibly the story of the title character, who views the passage of history in his service to seven presidents, the movie feels most alive when it exits the White House.




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