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Caryn James

Caryn James
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow sounds as if it has a foolproof recipe: sex, spies and Russia. But the only way to make sense of this thudding, clichéd would-be thriller is to think of it as an unintentional comedy.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
29% Rage (2009) Think of the film's segments as high-art Webisodes and you see how pertinent Potter is to the topsy-turvy world of filmmaking today, how smoothly she blends the -cutting edge and the mainstream, how underappreciated she has been.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
83% Orlando (1993) The film's wit and layered sense of history seem richer than ever.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
52% Yes (2005) The use of poetry suggests depth and history beyond the immediate moment, even when the characters, called only He and She, trade epithets as lovers in the midst of horrifying anger can.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
86% Inception (2010) This endlessly fascinating swirl of a film could have come only from Nolan, who blends the cerebral twistiness of Memento (his thriller that moves backward in time) with the spectacular action of his Batman megahit, The Dark Knight.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
62% Salt (2010) In the great tradition of summer popcorn hits, Angelina Jolie's action-spy thriller Salt is stupid but fun.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
65% The American (2010) The American doesn't set out to be anything other than a twisty, deliberate film that relies on suspense and paranoia more than car chases and gunplay. The problem is that even on its own artsy terms, the film falls apart long before the end.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
87% Black Swan (2010) Director Darren Aronofsky's darkly enthralling entertainment makes the perfect antidote to too many sugary holiday Nutcrackers.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
65% Biutiful (2010) Iñárritu's trademark interwoven plots have one thread too many here, but this shattering experience-earthbound and fraught with the afterlife-is worth every undying minute.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
39% Casino Jack (2010) George Hickenlooper's fact-based satire, starring Kevin Spacey and his ever-sharp comic timing, offers an antic version of the wheeler-dealer whose ambition and blinkered morality were close to caricature all along.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
67% The Company Men (2011) With harrowing realism, The Company Men captures the raw, personal impact of the economic meltdown.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
5/5 92% Phantom Thread (2018) Visually sumptuous though it is, this is a brilliantly nuanced, psychologically complex story about obsession, love, control and surrender, all cloaked in a sophisticated Gothic romance.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
3/5 88% The Post (2018) Streep's performance saves the film from its own heavy-handedness.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
63% Lymelife (2008) As a girl just beginning to recognize her sexual power, [Emma] Roberts moves one step closer to adult stardom.‐ Marie Claire
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
56% 17 Again (2009) Endearingly funny. ‐ Marie Claire
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
78% Un Baiser s'il vous plaît (Shall We Kiss?) (2009) No need to resist this enchanting, airy trifle with a surprisingly sober twist.‐ Marie Claire
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) Robbie makes Tonya so sympathetic that it's easy to gloss over the film's major flaws.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
90% America At A Crossroads: Operation Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Experience (2007) Richard E. Robbins's straightforward Operation Homecoming has enlightening moments as it presents writing by American soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
96% No End in Sight (2007) Charles Ferguson's gripping No End in Sight relies on former Bush administration officials to make the case that in its earliest stages the American military operation in Iraq was catastrophically mismanaged.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
100% Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) Gracefully weaving together interviews (some with the soldiers convicted of the beating), fresh images and official photographs, it suggests why so many politically themed fiction films have failed. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
92% Sicko (2007) Sicko is wildly comic while tearing apart the country's health care system.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
4/5 99% 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 69% 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 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) 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 74% 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 84% 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 83% 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 43% 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
50% 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'écume 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
90% 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