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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “I Don’t Know How She Does It”

Posted September 20, 2011 by Mitch Salem

    I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT – Not Even For Free:  You Don’t Want To Know   The recent movie I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT most resembles is The Nanny Diaries, which is odd because it was a flop for Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company, and yet Weinstein’s studio […]

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PROM: Bland-Land

Posted May 4, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Not Even For Free; No Pig’s Blood At This Shindig. The relationships we have with the stars we watch are no less real for being imaginary, and that’s particularly true for television stars, whom we often watch inhabit and grow within the same character over a period of years.  So fans of the great […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW: Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins”

Posted July 17, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  To say BATMAN BEGINS successfully rebooted the Warners franchise is accurate, but incomplete.  Christopher Nolan’s film, from the script he wrote with David S. Goyer, is a complete rethinking of the very concept of a comic book/superhero movie, one comparable to what The Godfather and Cabaret did with the gangster movie and the musical […]

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“X-MEN FIRST CLASS” – First Class Indeed

Posted June 3, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Worth A Ticket:  Superheroes Behind the Camera, Too. The most substantial movie of the summer so far is, depending on how you calculate, the fifth in a comic book series, a prequel or a reboot.  X-MEN:  FIRST CLASS arrives with its own secret weapons, namely a smart script, a well-chosen cast, some genuine thematic […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Young Adult”

Posted December 8, 2011 by Mitch Salem

YOUNG ADULT: Worth A Ticket – Theron + Oswalt = The Real Thing   Charlize Theron plays the hell out of her character Mavis Gary in the new YOUNG ADULT.  Theron has had a curious Hollywood career, with the usual big-budget flops (remember Aeon Flux?) mixed with a clearly wholehearted commitment to difficult, independent projects […]

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“MIDNIGHT IN PARIS” : Ah, Paree!

Posted May 21, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Worth A Ticket; A tasty croissant from Woody Allen. Woody Allen interrupts the opening credits of his new comedy MIDNIGHT IN PARIS to insert a montage of lovely Paris locations.  I mention this because after more than 40 years and as many films, the rules of Woody-land seem as fixed and immutable as the […]

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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 BIJOU @ TIFF: “Salmon Fishing In the Yemen”

Posted September 12, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> The first substantial buy of the Toronto Film Festival (Shame had sold first, but for art film prices) turned out to be Salmon Fishing In the Yemen, a modestly engaging romantic comedy from Lasse Hallstrom.  Hallstrom has made a career out of “modestly engaging,” following his early distinction with My Life As a Dog […]

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