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The original Annie was such a feature of my childhood that I can’t even properly say if I “liked” it or not—did I like the bed I slept in or the house I lived in? It just was. But going in with a head full of nostalgia might not be the best way to approach the new Annie, which stars Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis as the titular moppet and Jamie Foxx as Will Stacks, a cell-phone tycoon who gambles that adopting a foster kid might help his campaign for mayor of New York City. This Annie is a shinier, more calculated affair than the 1982 original, even if the bones are mostly the same: Annie is a friendly foster kid (not an orphan, she sternly insists) in the lackluster care of booze-addled Ms. Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). When she’s picked up as a campaign prop in Stacks’s mayoral bid, she helps warm up his image… AND MAYBE HIS HEART?…

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