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Caryn James

The Last, Best Season of 'The Killing'

  • By Caryn James
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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.

Steve Carell in the Sweet, Endearing 'The Way Way Back'

  • By Caryn James
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  • July 5, 2013 9:00 AM
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Just when it seemed that the days of overpaying for Sundance movies had ended, this year Fox Searchlight spent almost $10 million for the very conventional-sound coming-of-age movie The Way Way Back. That deal sent me into the screening room recently wondering if they'd lost their minds; I left thinking they're smarter than ever. The film is warm, engaging, and thoroughly charming even though we can predict every turn in the story of 14-year-old Duncan, who finds his inner, confident self over the summer.

'World War Z': Deja Vu, Plus Brad PItt and Zombies

  • By Caryn James
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  • June 21, 2013 8:49 AM
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Brad Pitt chasing zombies should not be boring to watch, especially if you like Brad Pitt, which I do, and zombies, which I'm perfectly OK with. Improbable though it sounds, Marc Forster's World War Z is dull and pretty easy to dislike, partly because it so slavishly follows the tired and increasingly tiresome formula of summer action movies: family in danger, hero springs into action, then we're all bludgeoned with an hour of uninspired special effects.

"The Killing" Returns: Can You Forgive It?

  • By Caryn James
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  • April 1, 2012 9:00 AM
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If you’re going to watch season 2 of The Killing – and based on tonight’s premiere I recommend you should - you just have to say “All is forgiven” about the season 1 finale, which pointedly did not tell us who killed Rosie Larsen. You will not find out tonight either, or for a long time to come; the producers have promised to reveal the killer late in the season. So relax and enjoy what The Killing does best: engage us, even more deeply this season, in  Det. Sarah Linden’s (the powerfully restrained Mireille Enos) personal obsessions and fraught relationship with her adolescent son, Jack. Here's a question (no answer below, just the question) you will have answered tonight:

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