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Common stars as a kind of latter-day Stringer Bell in the role of Uncle Vincent, in Sheldon Candis's full-length feature debut "Luv," which world premiered at Sundance this year and comes out in January. A newly-paroled convict with nearly half a twenty-year sentence to his name, Vincent arrives home to find himself a role model to his 11-year old nephew Woody -- a shy, bright child played by newcomer Michael Rainey Jr. who, in his parents' absence, has been living with his grandmother. Vincent walks with a swagger that straddles yuppie and street-wise sensibilities, and aspires to real estate development on the Baltimore waterfront. He drives a long, sleek Mercedes and wears tailored suits. He plays the concerned parent, admonishing his young protege about homework. Vincent's plan hits a snag, though, on a day that he keeps his nephew out of school to tutor Woody in "real world shit, »


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