17 January 2013 10:01 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

While watching Luv, I kept thinking about a painfully true line of dialogue in Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia. The quote, which is a premonition for every character in the film, is this: "We may be through with the past, but the past ain't through with us." Some of our poor choices never escape us. This is the motif of Luv, starring Common as Uncle Vincent, a man who's plagued by the half-baked decisions he's made in his life and has spent the last eight years in jail as a result. We learn early on that he's fresh out of jail, on parole, and desperately wants to better himself. He used to be quick on the trigger; now he just wants to be a straight shooter....

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