Caryn James

George Clooney Saves the World (Or At Least Art) in 'The Monuments Men'

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 29, 2014 12:25 PM
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The Monuments Men begins with a captivating scene, set in Belgium during World War II. We see close-ups of a work of art -- van Eyck's oversized Ghent Altarpiece—hear banging, then see priests crate up the individual panels of the painting, put them in a truck in the dark of night and send it off for safekeeping.

'The Big Chill' Speaks French in 'Little White Lies' (Review)

  • By Caryn James
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  • August 23, 2012 9:13 AM
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In the raucous club scene that opens "Little White Lies," the actor playing the obnoxious, drug-snorting lech named Ludo looks so familiar you might find yourself thinking, “Who’s that loud guy?” That guy is Jean Dujardin from "The Artist," so at least in the U.S. loud is definitely going against type. Don’t expect him to stick around for long. He’s the one left behind in Paris (we quickly find out why) while his closest friends, all seven of them,  escape for their annual vacation by the sea.

Oscar Review: Awards As Bland As Oatmeal

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 27, 2012 12:28 AM
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Well don’t James Franco and Anne Hathaway look better now? Last year’s Oscar show may have been a headlong collision, but at least a crash has curiosity value. This year’s show was as lively and colorful as cold oatmeal. You know it’s a dull show when even the Best Dead People “In Memoriam” sequence is chilly, unemotional and flat.

Jean Dujardin Drops By; Watch SNL's Charming Homage to The Artist

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 12, 2012 1:30 AM
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OK, I surrender – if not to The Artist, to the charming, exuberant SNL dance sketch and Artist tribute starring Jean Dujardin himself.

Clooney vs. Dujardin: Can Subtlety Ever Win The Best Actor Oscar?

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 2, 2012 1:04 PM
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The Oscar for best Actor doesn't usually reward subtlety. Look at the past two years: Colin Firth won last time around for his stuttery role in The King’s Speech, while the year before his infinitely more nuanced and better performance in A Single Man lost to Jeff Bridges’ roaring drunk country singer in Crazy Heart. You get the picture: the Academy voters’ motto is We Love Big Gestures.

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