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Caryn James

The Last, Best Season of 'The Killing'

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  • July 28, 2014 8:59 AM
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Plenty of us have made bad choices in men, but it would be hard to match Sarah Linden's. In this intense, electrifying final season, she joins the ranks of Walter White and other murderers we root for.

Michel Gondry's Playhouse: 'Mood Indigo'

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  • July 15, 2014 8:47 AM
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Michel Gondry's "Mood Indigo" resembles a genius' workshop filled with old-fashioned toys. There are no glistening computer-generated effects here; as in most of his films, the evidence of Gondry's wildly inventive visual imagination gives us quirky hand-made objects that seem to have lives of their own.

Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde in Paul Haggis' Maddening, Self-Important 'Third Person'

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  • June 20, 2014 8:48 AM
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Does Paul Haggis take us for idiots, or does he actually believe that this pretentious, simplistic film has any substance? Is he cynical or deluded? Either way, the result is the same: 'Third Person' is overwrought and vapid.

Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in the Fierce, Suspenseful 'The Rover'

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  • June 13, 2014 8:56 AM
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Guy Pearce purposefully hunts down thieves in David Michod's arresting and tense film -- part thriller, part warning of dystopia -- striding the dust like a character from an old Western.

'Edge of Tomorrow': Tom Cruise Time Travels, But Do We Want Him Back?

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  • June 2, 2014 8:59 AM
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'Edge of Tomorrow', or 'Groundhog Day Meets Alien,' is relatively good -- that is, relative to Tom Cruise's recent, unwatchable movies like 'Oblivion.' This one has terrific action scenes orchestrated in rich 3D by director Doug Liman and cinematographer Dion Beebe.

Practical Advice for Women Filmmakers, From the Sundance Institute

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  • May 28, 2014 12:46 PM
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What are investors looking for? How can women filmmakers learn to negotiate better? Takeaways from the Sundance/ WIF "Financing Intensive."

James McAvoy Meets Himself in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

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  • May 22, 2014 8:49 AM
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Bryan Singer's bold, entertaining X-Men: Days of Future Past is not as sleek or as clever as X-Men First Class, but it makes up for those lapses with a fiercely emotional performance by McAvoy and some dazzling set pieces.

Timely and Eye-Opening About Veterans: 'Coming Back with Wes Moore'

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  • May 12, 2014 1:47 PM
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In the past decade, we've seen plenty of documentaries and television reports about returning veterans, not to mention the continuing and urgent news stories about delayed benefits. But none of those has the unique personal perspective of Wes Moore, who gives the timely series Coming Back with Wes Moore.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Joe Biden: Between Two Veeps (Video)

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  • May 4, 2014 12:27 PM
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Veep is absolutely brilliant this season, the smartest and most pointed political satire on television (and that includes Stewart and Colbert). Her filmed introduction to the President's speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner was gentler, but then her co-star was the real Vice-President,

Review: 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'

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  • April 28, 2014 11:45 AM
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Just because John Oliver was so brilliant sitting in for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, that doesn't mean he should have cloned it for his HBO series, Last Week Tonight.

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