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Caryn James

George Clooney In Alexander Payne's Brilliant, Touching "Descendants"

  • By Caryn James
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  • November 16, 2011 10:13 AM
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Watch George Clooney as he runs around a corner in The Descendants,  shot from a distance. If he had a little more weight he might waddle, but that flat-footed run  -- in boat shoes and shorts and a golf  shirt - is enough. This is the way a middle-aged guy moves, and the character,  Matt King, is no movie star. He’s a family man racing to ask his best friends to give him the name of the Other Man his critically injured wife had been sleeping with.    

Leo Plays J. Edgar: What Didn't We Know?

  • By Caryn James
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  • November 8, 2011 2:21 PM
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J. Edgar Hoover had a fascinating life: wire-tapping unsuspecting Americans, using the dirt on politicians’ personal lives to keep his job as head of the FBI for nearly half a century, reorganizing the Agency and bringing it into the modern age of forensics, being way too close to his Mom -- and those are just the facts, never mind the gossipy details about wearing women’s clothes in private and his murky relationship with his second-in-command in the Agency, Clyde Tolson. So there is absolutely no excuse for "J. Edgar," Clint Eastwood’s disappointingly conventional biopic, to be so yawn-inducing.

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