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Caryn James

Whit Stillman's Romantics in Paris: Amazon Pilot 'The Cosmopolitans'

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  • August 28, 2014 8:30 AM
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The echo of "Metropolitan" runs through more than the title of "The Cosmopolitans," Whit Stillman's just-released Amazon pilot about American ex-pats in Paris.

Swinton and Hiddleston in Jarmusch's Sumptuous 'Only Lovers Left Alive,' on DVD

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  • August 18, 2014 9:02 AM
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The DVD offers another reason to revisit Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as vampires in love in Jim Jarmusch's dazzling film, which seems to contain more nuances, grace notes and emotional depth with each viewing.

'The Knick': Steven Soderbergh Recasts 'House' with Clive Owen

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  • August 8, 2014 8:56 AM
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"The Knick" is "House, M.D." set in 1900, a medical drama about a brilliant, junkie doctor, an American played by a charismatic British actor. Clive Owen's character, John Thackeray, might have been an ancestor of Hugh Laurie's House. Steve Soderbergh's direction elevates the series, but it is a conventional hospital drama in period clothes.

Michael Fassbender and The Band From "Frank" Visit Colbert (Video)

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  • August 7, 2014 9:56 AM
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Michael Fassbender and the band from "Frank," including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleason, performed on "The Colbert Report." Take a look, and hear Colbert pronounce Soronprfbs.

James Franco's Smart, Stunning 'Child of God'

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  • August 1, 2014 8:55 AM
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"Child of God"
James Franco's 'Child of God' is adapted from Cormac McCarthy's 1973 novel with such discipline and intelligence that it captures the mordant darkness of McCarthy's world.

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.

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