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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW: Tim Burton’s “Batman”

Posted July 15, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  It’s been 23 years since the pre-Christopher Nolan version of the Batman franchise launched into the boxoffice stratosphere, and a lot has changed in the movie landscape.  (1989 is so long ago that it was a topical gag in the movie to cast Gotham City’s Mayor with an actor who looked like New York’s […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Titanic 3D”

Posted April 6, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> It stood to reason that if anyone was going to figure out how to effectively convert standard 35mm to 3D, it would be James Cameron. Cameron, whose Avatar is singlehandedly responsible for creating the current 3D frenzy, has spent more than a year and $18M to go back 15 years and transfer his 1997 […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Gone”

Posted February 24, 2012 by Mitch Salem

      GONE:  Not Even For Free – Gone?  Not Soon Enough   When was the last time you saw a non-ironic, non-parody movie where someone was sneaking around in a room belonging to a possible villain, searching in almost total silence for evidence in the recesses of a dark closet, when–literally!–a cat came […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “This Means War”

Posted February 18, 2012 by Mitch Salem

>THIS MEANS WAR: Not Even For Free – This Means Crap No expense has been spared in making THIS MEANS WAR one of the worst pictures of recent years. A dreadful mash-up of the romantic-comedy and action-adventure genres, this thing has been in development for years, and although only 3 writers are credited (Timothy Dowling […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 3D”

Posted February 11, 2012 by Mitch Salem

    STAR WARS EPISODE I:  THE PHANTOM MENACE 3D, to give it its fully identifying title, has the distinction of being the most successful movie ever made that is generally agreed to be terrible.  Over $900M in tickets have been sold for Phantom Menace since its opening in 1999 (that number will go over […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Chronicle”

Posted February 3, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  CHRONICLE – Worth A Ticket –  “Found Footage” That Deserves to Be Found   Over the past decade, audience hunger for “reality”–the word very much in quotation marks–has engulfed much of popular cultture, from YouTube videos to self-produced songs, from tweets to television series and even cable networks built around people playing manipulated versions […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “One For the Money”

Posted January 27, 2012 by Mitch Salem

    ONE FOR THE MONEY:  Not Even For Free – Another Heigl Misfire   Movie stars are, make no mistake, trademarks.  Consumers who invest in 2 hours of George Clooney or Will Smith expect the same kind of reliable enjoyment that they get from a can of Coke or a pair of Nikes.  And […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Contraband”

Posted January 13, 2012 by Mitch Salem

      CONTRABAND:  Worth A Ticket – Working-Class Thriller   CONTRABAND is a B movie, but oddly enough, that’s one thing in short supply these days.  Action movies in modern Hollywood usually come with giant CG-laden budgets, or with a Drive-like overweening sense of self-importance.  A modest picture that simply wants to entertain for […]

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