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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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"Child of God"
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.

Penn & Teller Conjure 'Tim's Vermeer'

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  • January 31, 2014 8:59 AM
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Did Vermeer paint by numbers? Tim Jenison, a software innovator with lots of time, imagination and money to throw around, has an idea that comes close to that. In Tim's Vermeer, the delightful new documentary narrated by Penn and directed by Teller, we watch as Jenison tries out his theory.

New York Film Festival Preview, 'Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq'

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  • September 30, 2013 8:59 AM
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"The tragedy of Tanny is epic," Jacques d'Amboise says of his one-time ballet partner, referring to the event that makes Nancy Buirski's eloquent documentary Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq, a moving human drama rather than simply a film about a great dancer. Tanaquil Le Clercq was the current wife and muse of George Balanchine in 1956 when, while on a European tour, she was stricken with polio. In the worst kind of tragic irony, she never walked again.

FREE 'Ginger & Rosa' Screening and Conversation With Director Sally Potter

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  • March 4, 2013 9:46 AM
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I'm so happy to invite all of you to this: a free preview screening at 92nd St. Y of Ginger & Rosa, one of my favorite films this year, followed by a conversation with the amazing director Sally Potter.  (March 12th at 8:15 at 92Y.)

From Don't-Miss to Mystifying: A Glimpse At The New York Film Festival, Week 1

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  • September 27, 2012 9:00 AM
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The New York Film Festival begins on Friday, with a wealth of choices from the obscure to the high-profile (like the opening night film, Ang Lee’s 3D Life of Pi, not yet press screened as I write this). We can all makes guesses about what might be worth seeing, but here’s a glimpse at some films from the first week that I’ve actually seen, festival selections that range from don’t-miss to mystifying.

Paradise Lost 3 Comes to HBO

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  • January 10, 2012 12:06 PM
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When Paradise Lost 3 premieres on HBO on Thursday, it will be the same smart, cogent doc that was shown at the New York Film Festival last fall: the absorbing story of the West Memphis 3, who were wrongly accused of murder as teenagers and recently freed after nearly 20 years in prison. But now the film arrives shadowed by some unexpected competition: the documentary West of Memphis, produced by Peter Jackson and his wife and partner Fran Walsh. Even more interestingly, producer credits also go to Damien Echols, the West Memphis teenager had been sentenced to death, and his wife, Lorri Davis.

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