Caryn James

Review, The Book of Mormon: Joseph Smith Has Never Been Funnier

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  • March 24, 2011 11:24 AM
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Sex, Ambition, Snobbery: Reasons to Love "Mildred Pierce"

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  • March 24, 2011 1:00 AM
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Todd Haynes’ brilliant miniseries is too smart to thwack you over the head with its themes, but the heroine of Mildred Pierce is a true subversive masquerading as a Depression-era woman in a dowdy brown hat.
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Paging Carey Mulligan and Helen Mirren: Nancy Mitford's Novels Need You

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  • March 23, 2011 1:00 AM
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That ridiculous poster you see is for one of the all-time laughable bad movies made from good books. Nancy Mitford’s 1951 novel The Blessing is a great romantic comedy of cultural manners about a proper Englishwoman who marries a womanizing Frenchman (kind of redundant to say womanizing Frenchman, which is very much Mitford’s point).

Watch The "Big Love" Creators Explain The Ending

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  • March 22, 2011 3:26 AM
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Now that you've watched the series finale of Big Love, take a look at the creators' and actors' grandiose explanations of what they were trying to do. I disagree with almost all of it, and not just because they toss around words like "martyr" and cliches like "the circle of life."
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“Big Love” Ends: The Good, The Bad and the Plurally Married

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  • March 21, 2011 6:19 AM
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HBO’s daring, inventive Big Love ended with an episode that let us know exactly what happened to polygamist Bill Henrickson and his three wives; no Sopranos black-screen ambiguity here. And in a way that’s too bad. The clarity was satisfying in simple story-telling terms, but the episode wasn’t one of the strongest.
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The South Park Creators' Earlier "Book of Mormon" Musical

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  • March 20, 2011 1:00 AM
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Last night I saw a critics’ preview of The Book of Mormon, the new, already-sold-out Broadway musical from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and Robert Lopez, co-creator of Avenue Q. I’m sworn to secrecy until the review embargo lifts at 10 P.M. Thursday, but I can tell you this isn’t the first time the South Park guys have dealt with Mormons in song. In one of the series’ funniest episodes ever, a Mormon family moves to town and we get a musical explanation of their religion.

Movie Review: Bradley Cooper Cleans Up Well in Limitless

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  • March 18, 2011 12:59 PM
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Looking at Bradley Cooper for a couple of hours is never a bad thing, so there’s that. Otherwise, Limitless starts off as an ambitious, gripping, quasi-sci-fi thriller and turns into an over-the-top mess.

Video: Jimmy Fallon, Bob Dylan, and . . . Charles in Charge?

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  • March 18, 2011 3:09 AM
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Jimmy Fallon has followed up his brilliant, timely Charlie Sheen impression with another priceless parody that couldn't be less timely: here's Fallon as Bob Dylan singing the theme to the totally forgettable old sitcom Charles in Charge.

Movie Review, Paul: Seth Rogen's Voice, E.T.-Shaped Skull

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  • March 17, 2011 6:44 AM
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Paul, the CGI alien with Seth Rogen’s voice, is an irresistible creature. With an E.T.-shaped head and big blue eyes, he wears cargo shorts and flip-flops, smokes a cigarette, and best of all has Rogen’s deadpan delivery. When Paul appears to two British fan boys - so geeked out they’ve just left Comic-Con for an RV tour of America’s alien-sighting landmarks - the panicked men try to communicate in ways the English-speaking alien won’t understand. Rogen hilariously, accurately snaps, “Was that Klingon? You psychotic nerd!”

Tiger Woods, Thank Charlie Sheen

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  • March 17, 2011 2:11 AM
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Tiger Woods visited Jimmy Fallon last night, and Fallon - who in the monologue called him “The one man out there who can actually say he’s filled with Tiger blood” - praised him for “your courage in coming on a late night comedy show.” Fallon thanked him on behalf of his comedy writers for all those double-entendre golf jokes that wrote themselves (balls!) after the career-decimating scandal that revealed Woods as a master womanizer, but the real thanks should go from Woods to Charlie Sheen.

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