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Caryn James

To Die For: Swinton and Hiddleston in Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

  • By Caryn James
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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.

Top Films to Watch For From the 51st New York Film Festival

  • By Caryn James
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  • October 13, 2013 12:02 AM
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The New York Film Festival, which ends today, was an especially rich edition. Almost every film, in the main slate and the sidebars, was tempting. And while the festival was heavy with mainstream directors, the choices were anything but kneejerk. Some of the most familiar names took exhilarating new turns.

"War Horse": Is It Steven Spielberg Or Monty Python?

  • By Caryn James
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  • December 21, 2011 9:18 AM
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It is as sweeping and as comfortably old-fashioned as a John Ford movie, but War Horse has the soul of a hollow chocolate Santa. It’s not as if Steven Spielberg has forgotten how to make a crowd-pleasing blockbuster. All the pieces of this World War I movie are in place, from Janusz Kaminski’s velvety cinematography to a sweep over time and history that self-consciously -  and in this case falsely - announces some ambition. But Spielberg has never been so lethally cliched before, settling into a tired, sentimental genre without any attempt at either modernization or homage. I’m sure all those people who left the film weeping are sincere, but we know how easy it is for a story about a boy and his dog – or a horse, or whatever – to play on obvious emotions without really registering anything.

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