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Caryn James

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.

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.

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