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SCRE4M: Meta Boo!

Posted April 16, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Watch It At Home;  The thrills are so postmodern, they don’t seem to be happening in the theater. When the original Scream arrived in 1996, the slaughtering-the-teenagers genre was already old enough to drive; the first Friday the 13th had opened more than 16 years before.  The conventions of the form were as well-worn […]

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LIMITED RELEASE: “POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold”

Posted April 27, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Watch It At Home:  Morgan Spurlock’s latest doc is more stunt than revelation. If Michael Moore were a movie franchise, Morgan Spurlock would be the direct-to-video entry in the series.  Or maybe the one that adds cheesy 3D effects to squeeze out every last dollar.   Moore is, lord knows, self-aggrandizing and fond of the […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW: ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

Posted July 11, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  Pending the arrival of this week’s finale, Mike Newell’s 2005 HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE may be, on balance, the most satisfying of the series.  It combines first-rate moviemaking with one of J.K. Rowling’s most ingeniously constructed, emotionally rich stories–capped, of course, by the unveiling of Ralph Fiennes as the finally fully […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Sucker Punch”

Posted March 25, 2011 by Mitch Salem

    Not Even For Free   Remember Ken Russell’s movie of The Who’s Tommy?  The scene where Ann-Margret’s nervous breakdown was visualized by her television set vomiting out baked beans, chocolate and similar goo?  Watching Zach Snyder’s SUCKER PUNCH is like having that TV on permanent DVR.

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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: Francis Ford Coppola’s “Twixt”

Posted September 12, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> It’s anyone’s guess why Francis Ford Coppola, at the age of 72, with some enduring cinema classics to his name, would decide to make a movie that’s a cross between a David Lynch retread, an old horror cheapie, and a hallucination.  What matters is that the resulting TWIXT is utterly dreadful, the worst film […]

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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID–RODRICK RULES: Shortbus

Posted March 30, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Not Even For Free It was a feel-good story last weekend when the expensive shambles called Sucker Punch went down, defeated by the relatively low-budget family comedy DIARY OF A WIMPY KID:  RODRICK RULES.  (Mitch Metcalf’s weekend boxoffice roundup is here.)  The story would have been better, though, if Wimpy 2 were any good. […]

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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: “Drive”

Posted September 12, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> DRIVE is a self-conscious genre movie, and those are tricky propositions.  On the one hand, you need to make your existential or other textual statement with all the artistry at your command; on the other, you still have to fulfill the demands of the genre you’ve chosen.  If you do it right, you have […]

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LIMITED RELEASE: “Beautiful Boy”

Posted June 5, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Watch It At Home:  Much sadness, little insight. BEAUTIFUL BOY is less interesting than you’d think it would be.  The premise is certainly arresting:  Shawn Ku’s first film (written with Michael Armbruster) tells the story of the aftermath of a school massacre, from the viewpoint of the parents of the teen who shot down […]

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