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Caryn James

Caryn James is a critic who writes on film and television for The Hollywood Reporter, BBC Culture, The Wall Street Journal and other publications. She was previously a film critic and chief television critic at The New York Times, and an editor at the New York Times Book Review. She appears often on television as a commentator on film and on stage moderating film and television panels. She is the author of the novels Glorie and What Caroline Knew.

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‘The Movie Teller’ Review: Berenice Bejo and Daniel Bruhl in Lone Scherfig’s Graceful but Slight Drama About Film Love

The director of 'An Education' delivers a different 1960s-set coming-of-age story, this one set in a Chilean mining town.

‘A Haunting in Venice’ Review: Michelle Yeoh and Tina Fey Join Kenneth Branagh in His Snoozy Agatha Christie Adaptation

A Halloween seance in a dark palazzo brings detective Hercule Poirot out of retirement in Branagh's third run at the role. ?

‘In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon’ Review: Alex Gibney’s Brilliantly Composed Doc Charts the Singer-Songwriter’s Career

Premiering at the Toronto Film Festival, the award-winning filmmaker's latest is a close-up look at one of America's most important pop music figures.

‘North Star’ Review: Kristin Scott Thomas Directs Scarlett Johansson in a Small, Inviting Mother-Daughters Story

Sienna Miller and Emily Beecham also star in the comic-drama premiering at the Toronto Film Festival.

‘Finally Dawn’ Review: Lily James and Joe Keery in Saverio Costanzo’s Ambitious Spin on Fellini

Set at the Cinecitta studio in the 1950s, the Venice competition drama about movies and celebrity also features Rebecca Antonaci, Willem Dafoe and Alba Rohrwacher.

‘The Miracle Club’ Review: Maggie Smith, Laura Linney and Kathy Bates in a Trite Story of Forgiveness

Set in 1967, the film follows heroines who travel from Dublin to the shrine at Lourdes, praying for help.?

‘Cold Copy’ Review: Tracee Ellis Ross Plays Bel Powley’s Sinister Role Model in Uneven Journalism Drama

Roxine Helberg's debut, which premiered at Tribeca, takes on the timely issues of facts and media ethics.

‘Maestra’ Review: Uplifting Documentary Follows a Competition for Women Conductors

Marin Alsop is among the interviewees in Maggie Contreras' film, which has a determinedly positive spin.

‘Bad Things’ Review: Gayle Rankin and Hari Nef in a Tame Queer Spin on ‘The Shining’

Four friends and a chainsaw spend a weekend at an abandoned hotel in Stewart Thorndike's horror film, which premiered in competition at Tribeca. ?

‘The Lesson’ Review: Richard E. Grant and Julie Delpy Are in Top Form in an Exquisite Sun-Drenched Noir

Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, Alice Troughton's feature debut is a sly take on art and ego.

‘Enys Men’ Review: A Woman’s Mind Unravels in Mark Jenkin’s Hypnotic Folk Horror

Following a single living character on an island off Cornwall, the poetic drama toys with time and memory.

‘You Sing Loud, I Sing Louder’ Review: Ewan McGregor and Daughter Clara McGregor in an Uneven Parent-Child Drama

Inspired by the father-daughter duo's real-life stories, the indie film premiering at SXSW explores addiction and restoring family bonds.