Caryn James

'Beautiful Creatures': Smarter, Wittier, Better Than 'Twilight'

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  • February 14, 2013 9:00 AM
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Beautiful Creatures, the story of high-school students in love – only one of them with supernatural powers – is bound to be compared to the Twilight movies, but that’s just wrong. Richard LaGravanese’s sumptuous-looking film is crisply directed, wonderfully cast and far wittier than the drippy, earnest Twilight Saga. Better to think of Beautiful Creatures as a Harry Potter substitute with wizards and muggles facing adulthood, a film smart enough to have fun with its magical premise.

It's Good To Be Shameless

  • By Caryn James
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  • March 28, 2012 9:00 AM
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There is a hilarious, clever new expletive in the Leslye Headland’s Sundance film Bachelorette: “Jesus H. Macy!” I don’t think she meant it this way, but there is truly something miraculous about William H. Macy’s performance in Shameless as Frank Gallagher, the drunken, ne-er-do-well and improbably likable father of six. Throughout season two, which has its finale on Showtime this Sunday, this dazzling black comedy laced with emotional drama has grown both stronger and truer to itself.

Don Cheadle In House of Lies On Showtime Free Weekend

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 5, 2012 8:30 PM
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Showtime’s best series don’t have much room for the warm and fuzzies – that’s one thing I like about them, from The Borgias and Homeland (both returning for second seasons, The Borgias sooner and Homeland later) to dark comedies like Shameless, which begins its second season on Sunday. Premiering after Shameless is the new House of Lies, with Don Cheadle as a high-powered management consultant so cynical and manipulative he makes the series’ title sound understated. You can see both shows and sample other series and films during the free Showtime weekend, from Friday through Sunday.

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