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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Moneyball”

Posted September 23, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  Michael Lewis’ book Moneyball was a marvelous read, but seemed like dim source material for a movie. Credit, then, is due to the creators of the film version–the various producers, screenwriters Steven Zailian and Aaron Sorkin, and director Bennett Miller–for finding a compelling narrative spine in a true-life story about the change in an […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “The Three Musketeers”

Posted October 21, 2011 by Mitch Salem

    THE THREE MUSKETEERS:  Not At Any Price – All For None and None For All   If the last couple of Pirates of the Caribbean movies and the current Sherlock Holmes franchise had a really nasty, dirty weekend together in Atlantic City, and 9 months later one of them (I’m not saying which) […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Captain America: The First Avenger”

Posted July 22, 2011 by Mitch Salem

    CAPTAIN AMERICA:  THE FIRST AVENGER – Worth A Ticket:  Marvel Goes Back To the Future   There’s a certain irony in the fact that, in this summer of Super 8 and its Spielberg rapture, the most successfully Spielbergian movie of the season is Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA:  THE FIRST AVENGER.  Its connection to Steven […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Melancholia”

Posted July 27, 2011 by Mitch Salem

    MELANCHOLIA – Watch It At Home – The Title Tells the Tale   Here’s a quick primer in Oscar rules and how studios can get around them.  In order for a film to be Oscar-eligible (other than in a few special categories like Documentary and Foreign Film), it needs a theatrical release in […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Our Idiot Brother”

Posted August 25, 2011 by Mitch Salem

    OUR IDIOT BROTHER – Watch It At Home:  Sitcom On A Big Screen   Although it premiered at Sundance, OUR IDIOT BROTHER was an “independent film” only in a technical sense:  it was produced on a relatively low budget and didn’t have US distribution in place.  (Harvey Weinstein picked it up at 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 REVIEWS: “In A Better World,” “Rubber” & “Super”

Posted April 2, 2011 by Mitch Salem

In recent years, the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film has come to stand for not much more than a fair level of craftsmanship and a comfortable pitch of moral predicament (The Secret In Their Eyes, Departures, and The Counterfeiters are the most recent undistinguished winners).  This year’s winner, Susanne Bier’s IN A BETTER WORLD, […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “The Ides of March”

Posted October 7, 2011 by Mitch Salem

    THE IDES OF MARCH:  Watch It At Home – An Excellent Play Becomes a Merely Good Movie   The Ides of March, one of the most eagerly awaited of this year’s festival crop, is more entertaining than it is good. Oddly both low-key and melodramatic, claptrap and high-minded drama, it represents a series […]

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