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Caryn James

Critic's Choice: Three Lively Discoveries From The Tribeca Film Festival

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  • April 22, 2014 8:59 AM
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Here are three lovely, beautifully-realized, low-key films worth catching at the Tribeca Film Festival. Two have well-known actors (though no superstars) and another none at all, but all three surprised me by making familiar ideas or approaches feel excitingly alive on screen

Old and New: Marco Bellocchio Series At Museum of Modern Art

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  • April 16, 2014 11:06 AM
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A living Italian master, Marco Bellocchio creates work that lives most vividly at the place where family meets politics, where private emotions challenge institutions including -- and especially -- the church and the state.

'Mad Men' Preview: The Sense of an Ending

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  • April 12, 2014 7:28 PM
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Given everything we know about Mad Men -- that its final season is about to start, that its main characters have been in a constant state of emotional torture lately -- it's no surprise that by the end of Sunday's new episode one character is in a puddle of tears on the floor.

To Die For: Swinton and Hiddleston in Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

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  • April 10, 2014 10:12 PM
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Jim Jarmusch's droll attitude has only been enhanced in this wry yet emotional story of Adam and Eve, two perfectly cast vampires in everlasting love. Only Lovers Left Alive is a brilliant, magical combination: at once pure Jarmusch and entirely new.

The Emily Dickinson of Photographs or the Anti-Mary Poppins? 'Finding Vivian Maier'

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  • March 26, 2014 8:58 AM
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Among all the types of artists -- crazy, tortured, or mild in life but wild in art -- the ones who create in private and never share with the world may be the hardest to fathom. Vivian Maier, an eccentric nanny, is now recognized as one of the most prolific, dazzling street photographers of the 20th century.

The Bright Side of the Death on 'The Good Wife'

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  • March 24, 2014 1:47 AM
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If you're on-line reading this, I don't see how you could possibly have missed hearing about the surprise death on last night's The Good Wife, but just so we're clear: there are spoilers here. (Happy now?)

Poetry, Politics and Memory in "The Missing Picture"

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  • March 19, 2014 8:23 AM
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The opening images -- rusted film canisters, unspooled movie reels spilling across the floor like some beautiful, serpentine ruin of a sculpture -- signals that The Missing Picture is like no other film you've seen.

The Two Jakes (Or Are They?). Gyllenhaal in 'Enemy'

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  • March 13, 2014 8:33 AM
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If you saw someone who looked exactly like you, how freaked out would you actually be? Enough so that music recalling Hitchcock films plays in the background? Would you leap to some wildly sinister conclusion or would you take a minute, calm down, and do something commonsensical, like have a serious question and answer session with your mom?

Obama and Galifianakis' Meta Political Video

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  • March 11, 2014 11:42 AM
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It's hard to imagine that President Obama appearing on Zach Galifianakis' web series Between Two Ferns will really inspire young people to sign up for health insurance. What's easy to imagine is that the newly released Funny or Die video will be a huge hit and do a lot of good for the President's image in other ways.

Catherine Deneuve and Many More in Rich, New "Rendez-Vous with French Cinema"

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  • March 7, 2014 12:16 AM
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On My Way, starring Catherine Deneuve as a divorced woman who runs away from home, has a playful, charming surface and emotional depth that sneaks up on you – which makes it the ideal choice to open "Rendez-Vous with French Cinema," the Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance's annual program of new works.

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