‘King Richard’ review: With Will Smith in charge, the Venus and Serena Williams tennis dynasty centers its story on Dad

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“King Richard” redirects tennis phenomenon of Venus and Serena Williams away from the sisters and toward their father, Richard. He is played by Will Smith in a performance guaranteed an Oscar nomination — deserved, by the way — because the entire film is built to support that outcome. What we have here is moderately good sports biopic with a very fine performance at center court. Secondarily, in terms of screen time, debut screenwriter Zach Baylin’s enthusiastic account also manages some of what Richard’s then-wife, Oracene, played by the terrific Aunjanue Ellis, did to parent, coach, cajole a…

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