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Led by powerfully complementary performances from Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon, James White offers an affecting calling card for debuting writer-director Josh Mond.
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Whether you want to spend time with "James White" depends on your tolerance for yet another film about how hard it is for guys who just feel too much.
The experience of watching "James White" is like being shut up in a small, dark, airless room ... a sickroom.
It's Abbott who's the revelation, showing off all sorts of previously unseen leading-man potential.
An accomplished and compelling film by writer/director Josh Mond, James White is also pretty much a bummer.
Abbott contributes a smart, soulful performance, but Nixon keeps threatening to walk away with the movie as the mother, who can't get enough of life and whose physical decay is colored by rage, defiance, and terror.
"James White" gets up close and personal in often discomfiting ways, but it's never exploitative or glib. It hits the highs, and the rock bottoms, and all the damnable stuff in between.
A minimal approach creates an unflinching character study that relies on performance over traditional narrative.
A chillingly up-close-and-personal observation of a young man bubbling with so much emotion that he exists perpetually at the precipice of physical and psychological implosion.
An unnervingly personal character study about alienation and self-pity in the millennial age.
James White is a heartbreaking movie that runs on emotional adrenaline more than dramatic structure.
James White will break you, leaving you sobbing your eyes out
Humble and unpretentious, James White is a frank portrayal of a young man (Christopher Abbott) who, shortly after his estranged father dies, learns that his mother's (Cynthia Nixon) cancer has returned with a vengeance.
The world doesn't need any more movies about angry, aimless, and affluent white men in their late 20s . . . however, it's hard to dismiss a movie with as many good elements as this one has. Abbott's phenomenal in the lead role and I like how the camera movements are perfectly in sync with his erratic mood swings.
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