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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 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 @ TIFF: “Shame”

Posted September 13, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Although Fox Searchlight didn’t actually acquire Steve McQueen’s film Shame until last Saturday, in a sense the marketing campaign for the film began when the producers made it clear that the film would not be edited for US release, and would be distributed with an NC-17 rating. This quickly became the most memorable fact […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Tower Heist”

Posted November 4, 2011 by Mitch Salem

    TOWER HEIST:  Watch It At Home – Hardly Luxury-Class   There may never have been a director more proud of being a hack than Brett Ratner.  In a recent NY Times profile, Ratner boasts (when he’s not going on about his friendship with Roman Polanski, because yeah, there’s a social relationship you’d want […]

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THE BIJOU: “The Dark Knight Rises” (Briefly)

Posted December 16, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Tonight at 43 real Imax theatres (the ones with the huge squarish screens), Warner Bros debuted an extended trailer for next summer’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES shot in the full Imax format, consisting of the opening sequence and an extra minute or so of quick clips from the rest of the movie.  Apart from […]

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RIO: Cartoon Carnival

Posted April 15, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Worth A Ticket; Birds Fly High Enough for Kids, and Adults Too. Click For More Reviews: THOR    PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 4    MIDNIGHT IN PARIS Animation has, over the past decade, passed beyond being merely a movie genre to a veritable industry within the industry.  Every studio is in the business now, making films […]

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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: “Albert Nobbs”

Posted September 13, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Rodrigo Garcia’s film ALBERT NOBBS (he shares auteurship with Glenn Close, who served as screenwriter with John Banville and Gabriella Prekop and as a producer as well as star) caters to what used to be called the James Ivory audience, when he was still churning his films out. In NY, these are the audiences […]

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THE BIJOU REVIEW: “50/50″

Posted September 30, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> 50/50:  Worth A Ticket –  A Genuinely Feel-Good Cancer Comedy With The Big C renewed for its third season on Showtime, the concept of a comedy getting laughs from the experiences of a cancer patient is no longer especially shocking, which means that the new 50/50 has to be judged on its comedy-drama merits, […]

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