Maladies (2014)

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A daring new film from internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Carter, MALADIES charts the struggles of an unstable former soap opera star (James Franco) in 1960's New York as he tries to restart his floundering creative career. Hoping to find clarity and new purpose as a writer, he holes up with his eccentric sister (Fallon Goodson) at the seaside home of their best friend (Catherine Keener). But as he disappears further into his own mind, reality begins to slip through his grasp. Featuring an award-winning ensemble, including David Strathairn and Alan Cumming, MALADIES is a heartfelt but defiantly unconventional exploration of the creative mind.​ (c) Tribeca
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Drama
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Cast

Catherine Keener
as Catherine
Fallon Goodson
as Patricia
Mary Beth Peil
as Blind Woman
Ben George
as Policeman
Ken Scott (XI)
as Narrator
Carter
as Officer Carter
Vince Jolivette
as Officer Jolivette
Jon Prescott
as Officer Prescott
Jean Carter
as Lady in Diner
Bob Zelnick
as Mr. Zelnick
Julie Sharbutt
as Drugstore Soda Jerk
Madalyn Davis Lester
as Woman in Cast
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

A mess that will no doubt meet a merciful box office death.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
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"Maladies" remains on too low a boil to communicate any sense of stakes for the various characters. It seems to be trying to say something about creativity, and living one's life on one's own terms, but it's a muddle.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
RogerEbert.com
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A pretentious head-scratcher involving would-be artistic expression, mental illness and shaving cream (don't ask).

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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It courts pretension with blithe disregard at every turn.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
AV Club
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Overrated, overexposed and overindulgent, James Franco is all over the place, like cow chips in the abandoned pasture of a derelict farm.

Full Review… | March 19, 2014
New York Observer
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The social construction of illness is certainly a worthy topic, but Carter situates his characters far from any semblance of a plot and even further from his heart.

Full Review… | March 18, 2014
Village Voice
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