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Caryn James

Caryn James
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 100% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird may sound slight, but it offers an eloquent, fresh voice from a thoroughly accomplished film-maker.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
83% Bright Star (2009) Director Jane Campion's most enthralling film since The Piano.‐ Marie Claire
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
79% The Informant! (2009) With [Matt] Damon, they share something more exciting than looks: a slow-burning intelligence that leaves us feeling both unsettled and seduced.‐ Marie Claire
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
66% Youth in Revolt (2010) But all the silliness reminds us that there is no age limit on expressing your confident inner vixen - especially in these uneasy times.‐ Marie Claire
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
4/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Ford doesn't enliven the film for nostalgic reasons. He brings fierce, potent energy to the role, capturing Deckard's suspicion of K, protectiveness about his past, and will to survive. In a career of iconic roles, this is among his best.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
87% Black Swan (2010) By the end, Nina's quest for perfection-and Portman's blazing performance-will leave you breathless.‐ Marie Claire
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
2/5 68% mother! (2017) Soup is... the perfect word to describe this pretentious mess of a film. It is full of vapid characters and overwrought imagery, which Aronofsky seems to think add up to allegory.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/5 97% The Death of Stalin (2017) Iannucci masterfully blends dark humour about an authoritarian regime and farcical comedy performed with perfect timing.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/5 95% The Florida Project (2017) Underneath the vibrancy of Moonee's spirit, Baker delivers a heavy-handed statement about the fraudulent hopes offered by Disney magic, and the way so many American dreams have been shattered.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/5 75% Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) The film's message is empowering but its subtext is more fascinating, as Gaga puts her take-charge philosophy to use. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 89% First They Killed My Father (2017) Jolie has put her stardom to stunning artistic use.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
4/5 83% Detroit (2017) As powerful a film as this year is likely to see. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) In a swift 106 minutes, watching Dunkirk becomes a stunning and genuine experience, enveloping viewers in a way few movies ever do.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
4/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) The character of Wonder Woman enters the almost exclusively male domain of DC comics movies... Under this pressure, Jenkins comes through with a work that radiates confidence and sangfroid.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3/5 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) In a perfect cinematic universe, every sequel would be like The Godfather Part II... In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, which coasts pleasantly enough on familiarity and a few bright new touches.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
4/5 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) The film sets itself apart from the average adventure saga by assuming a pointed cultural perspective.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3/5 42% Song to Song (2017) The actors make these characters vivid, within a structure that is recognisably Malick's.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
2/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Suicide Squad looked bright and promising in its run-up, but lands on the screen with a big-budget thud of missed opportunities.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
86% Inception (2010) Even as you tick off the film's overload of references, though -- a Matrix here, a James Bond there -- the amazing effects and Cobb's quest carry you along.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
No Score Yet Freedom on My Mind (1994) An absorbing work of historical preservation and strong ideas.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2015
100% Whispering Pages (1993) Mostly there is extraordinary photography, a palette of dusty gray tones that echo the faded look of 19th-century photographs.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2015
99% Timbuktu (2015) Eye-opening but never didactic, Sissako's beautifully shot film immerses us in a reality we usually experience as no more than a headline. ‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2015
45% The Better Angels (2014) On paper, this lyrical, black-and-white rendering of Lincoln's backwoods boyhood may seem pompous, but it is beautiful, poetic and graceful, with its own flowing rhythm.‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2014
51% The Zero Theorem (2014) Terry Gilliam's listless and shallow futuristic fantasy lands like a pale evocation of his classic "Brazil."‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2014
3% Getting Even With Dad (1994) The film should have been a roller coaster ride; instead, watching it is like trudging through a swamp.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2014
62% L'├ęcume des jours (Mood Indigo) (2014) The film resembles a genius' workshop filled with old-fashioned toys.Gondry's visual imagination is so sparkling,it hardly matters that the whimsy overhwhelms the characters. ‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2014
24% Third Person (2014) Does Haggis actually believe that this pretentious, simplistic film has any substance? An overwrought, vapid three-strand story, each thread more banal than the last.‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2014
66% The Rover (2014) Michod's arresting and tense film -- part thriller, part warning of dystopia -- is played with ferocious restraint by Guy Pearce.‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2014
91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) 'Groundhog Day Meets Alien.' Relatively good compared to Cruise's recent, unwatchable movies because Liman orchestrates spectacular action; the talking scenes are tiresome. ‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2014
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Bold and entertaining, this is not as sleek or clever as X-Men:First Class, but makes up for those lapses with McAvoy's fiercely emotional performance and dazzling set pieces.‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) A brilliant, magical combination: pure Jarmusch and entirely new. It's visually sumptuous, but his droll attitude remains in this wry story of perfectly cast vampires in love.‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2014
95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) Was she the Emily Dickinson of photos or the anti-Mary Poppins? This fascinating film reveals a lot about Maier's rich photos & glimpses at her bizarre, hidden personality. ‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2014
99% The Missing Picture (2014) A survivor's story,a political statement and an eloquent meditation on images and memory. The miniatures and the film are exquisite works of art infused with living memory ‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2014
74% Enemy (2014) Gyllenhaal is eloquently subtle, but this muddled identity-thriller relies on misdirection and leaves you feeling not stunned, just cheated. ‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2014
59% Non-Stop (2014) 'Taken' meets 'Speed' on a plane, with a dash of Agatha Christie, but as breezily entertaining as a commercial action thriller is supposed to be. Neeson and cast make it work.‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2014
13% Winter's Tale (2014) Is it a Valentine's Day prank? Gives magic and realism a bad name; doesn't make romance seem so hot either. So dull it feels like a vanity project with a Hollywood budget. ‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2014
30% The Monuments Men (2014) Part 'Oceans 11' with Nazis, part Clooney lecturing us about art and culture. Blissfully acted but strangely flat, it shifts uncomfortably between caper and classroom lesson. ‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2014
90% Tim's Vermeer (2014) Jenison's obsession is the basis for a playful,entertaining film. I wasn't convinced for a millisecond by his wackadoodle theory, but I enjoyed every minute of Tim's Vermeer. ‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2014
75% Lone Survivor (2014) With a conventional style,the film puts us in the center of a relentless, fatal battle in Afghanistan. Lone Survivor will make you squirm, but earns every wrenching minute. ‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2014
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) There is something hilarious about a journalistic doofus like Ron Burgundy creating cable news. Ferrell & McKay are silly-smart. Not pointed satire but ridiculously funny. ‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) Never quite lets you forget you're watching bravura acting but that acting is deliriously funny. The film is just enough over the top so the artifice becomes part of the joke.‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2013
79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Thompson is so delightfully acerbic and convincing that she makes Saving Mr. Banks safe for people who find Disney films too saccharine. Not adventurous, but entertaining. ‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2013
54% Out of the Furnace (2013) Bale is nuanced & affecting in an overloaded, overcalculated film that doesn't deserve him. The characters' problems seem orchestrated by Screenwriting 101 rather than fate. ‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2013
92% Philomena (2013) If you're going to tell a heart-warming story about a sweet wronged little old lady,it helps to have a witty,cynical journalist along. Dench & Coogan create a perfect balance.‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2013
82% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) An amazing film, at once happy, sad and exhilarating to watch. Told in an elegant pattern of present-day and flashbacks,full of music that suits every graceful shift in tone. ‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2013
100% The Square (Al Midan) (2013) A galvanizing documentary with rare first-hand perspectives. With great immediacy, Noujaim provides a smart eye-opening view as activists maneuver toward an uncertain future.‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2013
46% All Is Bright (2013) All is Bright is unsugary, a small out-of-season miracle.‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2013
96% Gravity (2013) Gravity comes loaded with technical wizardry, but Cuaron's visceral, dynamic story-telling is the film's most magical special effect. He makes outer space seem intimate. ‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2013
41% Child Of God (2014) Franco's powerful adaptation, directed with discipline and intelligence, captures McCarthy's mordant darkness. It reveals the humanity buried beneath animalistic behavior. ‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2013
81% Prisoners (2013) So sharply directed, tautly edited, rich and believably acted by Jackman and Gyllenhaal that you quickly forgive its tired story. An intense, satisfying thriller. ‐ James on screenS
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2013