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SHOWBUZZDAILY 2011 IN REVIEW: THE TOP 10 FILMS

Posted January 3, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> See Also: 2011 HONORABLE MENTIONS 2011 WORST 10   As a movie year, 2011 felt, more than anything else, like a reflection of an art and a business in disarray.  Economically, it was a down year and for the major studios, a frightening one:  beyond the special case of the Harry Potter  finale, virtually […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY 2011 IN REVIEW: THE HONORABLE MENTIONS

Posted January 1, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> It’s actually harder to come up with a manageable list of Honorable Mention movies than a Top 10, because there are so many films that are eminently worth seeking out and seeing, but perhaps a little bit flawed–sometimes too thin, sometimes too audacious for their own good.  It wouldn’t have been much of a […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY 2011 IN REVIEW: The Year’s Worst Movies

Posted January 1, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> The problem with 2011 on screen was more the pervasive mediocrity than an overload of terrible movies, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t some awful films to be found–and, if possible, avoided.  Here are 10 or so: 10.  ONE DAY:  Admittedly, a cheat:  One Day wasn’t a complete disaster–it was far less painful to […]

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THE BIJOU REVIEW: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”

Posted December 25, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE:  Worth A Ticket –  Earns Its Tears If EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE accomplishes nothing else–and it actually accomplishes quite a bit–it’s served to let us know exactly where the third rail of current American popular culture is located.  It’s not every day that the august NY Times informs […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “War Horse”

Posted December 23, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  WAR HORSE:  Watch It At Home –  Spielberg’s Beautiful Muzak   Earlier this year, audiences were presented with Super 8, J. J. Abrams’s pastiche of Steven Spielberg’s classic sci-fi adventures from the 1970s and 80s (Spielberg was a producer on the project).  Now with WAR HORSE, we have Spielberg’s own pastiche:  of John Ford, […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “We Bought A Zoo”

Posted December 22, 2011 by Mitch Salem

    WE BOUGHT A ZOO:  Worth A Ticket – Cameron Crowe Pays His Dues and Keeps His Dignity   There’s a classic line in Albert Brooks’s incredibly prescient 1979 Real Life where Brooks, as the prototype of a reality-television director, tries to decide whether to do something unethical.  His rationalization for going ahead:  “What […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

Posted December 21, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO:  Worth A Ticket – David Fincher Meets Lisbeth Salander   The most remarkable thing about David Fincher’s version of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (written for the English-language screen by Steven Zaillian) is that while remaining, for the most part, scrupulously faithful to the best-selling novel by […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “The Adventures of Tintin”

Posted December 21, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN:  Worth A Ticket – The Return of Steven Spielberg   Remember how lousy the last Indiana Jones movie was?  Remember watching it and wondering sadly what had become of Steven Spielberg, the magician who for decades had an irresistible, inexhaustible ability to spin action sequences into sight gags into satisfying […]

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