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Caryn James

James Franco's Smart, Stunning 'Child of God'

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  • August 1, 2014 8:55 AM
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James Franco's 'Child of God' is adapted from Cormac McCarthy's 1973 novel with such discipline and intelligence that it captures the mordant darkness of McCarthy's world.

The Last, Best Season of 'The Killing'

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  • July 28, 2014 8:59 AM
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Plenty of us have made bad choices in men, but it would be hard to match Sarah Linden's. In this intense, electrifying final season, she joins the ranks of Walter White and other murderers we root for.

Michel Gondry's Playhouse: 'Mood Indigo'

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  • July 15, 2014 8:47 AM
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Michel Gondry's "Mood Indigo" resembles a genius' workshop filled with old-fashioned toys. There are no glistening computer-generated effects here; as in most of his films, the evidence of Gondry's wildly inventive visual imagination gives us quirky hand-made objects that seem to have lives of their own.

Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde in Paul Haggis' Maddening, Self-Important 'Third Person'

  • By Caryn James
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  • June 20, 2014 8:48 AM
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Does Paul Haggis take us for idiots, or does he actually believe that this pretentious, simplistic film has any substance? Is he cynical or deluded? Either way, the result is the same: 'Third Person' is overwrought and vapid.

Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in the Fierce, Suspenseful 'The Rover'

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  • June 13, 2014 8:56 AM
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Guy Pearce purposefully hunts down thieves in David Michod's arresting and tense film -- part thriller, part warning of dystopia -- striding the dust like a character from an old Western.

'Edge of Tomorrow': Tom Cruise Time Travels, But Do We Want Him Back?

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  • June 2, 2014 8:59 AM
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'Edge of Tomorrow', or 'Groundhog Day Meets Alien,' is relatively good -- that is, relative to Tom Cruise's recent, unwatchable movies like 'Oblivion.' This one has terrific action scenes orchestrated in rich 3D by director Doug Liman and cinematographer Dion Beebe.

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.

Critic's Choice: Three Lively Discoveries From The Tribeca Film Festival

  • By Caryn James
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  • April 22, 2014 8:59 AM
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Here are three lovely, beautifully-realized, low-key films worth catching at the Tribeca Film Festival. Two have well-known actors (though no superstars) and another none at all, but all three surprised me by making familiar ideas or approaches feel excitingly alive on screen

Old and New: Marco Bellocchio Series At Museum of Modern Art

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  • April 16, 2014 11:06 AM
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A living Italian master, Marco Bellocchio creates work that lives most vividly at the place where family meets politics, where private emotions challenge institutions including -- and especially -- the church and the state.

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

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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.

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