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Review: James Franco stars in Carter's pretentious, tedious 'Maladies'
Review: James Franco stars in Carter's pretentious, tedious 'Maladies'

Even the ubiquitous James Franco should have known better than to star in "Maladies," a pretentious head-scratcher involving would-be artistic expression, mental illness and shaving cream (don't ask). Franco brings a bit of his trademark charisma to the muddled role of an unstable soap-opera-actor-turned-novelist, also named James, who finds himself in a Long Island beach house living "an artistic life" with his moody, cross-dressing painter friend (Catherine Keener) and his disturbed sister (Fallon Goodson). Also on display is Delmar (David Strathairn), a fluttery neighbor with a penchant for ascots — and for James. Why this wistful "bachelor"...

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