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Caryn James

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.

Colbert's Hobbit Week Maps New York As Middle Earth

  • By Caryn James
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  • December 5, 2012 1:06 PM
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I may not be a big Hobbit fan (review here) but I do love The Colbert Report, which is now in the middle of Hobbit week. Tolkien-obsessed Stephen Colbert visited the film's set in New Zealand and famously won a Hobbit trivia contest, beating out one of its screenwriter’s, Philippa Boyens. This week’s guests have included Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman (in that interview Colbert came as close as I’ve ever seen him to stepping out of his fictional character and gushing with fandom), with Peter Jackson and Andy Serkis still to come.

'The Hobbit' Review: Bilbo Lives! Everyone Else, Not So Much.

  • By Caryn James
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  • December 4, 2012 12:00 AM
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I have never been a Lord of the Rings fanatic, so take that into account, but The Hobbit made me miss Voldemort. I spent a fair amount of time during Peter Jackson’s latest installment in his Tolkien franchise comparing it to the Harry Potter movies, thinking how savvy J.K. Rowling’s approach to magic has been, how successful in the broadest way those films are.

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