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THE BIJOU REVIEW: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” – Palatably Painless

Posted June 18, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Watch It At Home: Fodder For the Undemanding Young One of the running gags in MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS is that the birds are fascinated by old Charlie Chaplin movies, and can be kept calm for hours just by placing them in front of a TV displaying the silent films.  Mr. Popper’s own ambition is […]

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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: “Hick”

Posted September 12, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Derick Martini’s HICK is like a Sundance movie that took the wrong indie-film exit and wound up in Toronto.  For whatever reason, Toronto’s film festival tends to find itself with fewer stories of young people from small towns who come of age on the road, so Hick has a little air of distinction here. […]

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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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LIMITED RELEASE: “The Double Hour,” “Incendies” & “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”

Posted May 4, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Plot spoilers are even more problematic when it comes to limited releases, because by definition they’re only being seen by a few people in certain selected locations, and–if they’re good–will ideally be discovered by audiences over time.  Which is a roundabout way of saying that I strongly recommend, but can reveal almost nothing about, […]

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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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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Morning Glory”

Posted March 22, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  On Homevideo and VOD:  At Home In Your Home Morning Glorydidn’t make Rachel McAdams into the new Julia Roberts/Katherine Heigl/Sandra Bullock (it grossed around $53M worldwide), despite the strong pedigree of having been written by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada), and directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill). It’s not really a romantic […]

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THE BIJOU REVIEW: “Bad Teacher” – Passable

Posted June 24, 2011 by Mitch Salem

>    Worth A Ticket:  Grade It On A Curve In 1999, Jake Kasdan directed a project set in high school that starred Jason Segel and featured Dave (Gruber) Allen in its ensemble; it was called Freaks and Geeks, and it has its own special place in pop culture history.   His new BAD TEACHER… […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY 10 WORST FILMS OF 2012

Posted December 30, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  The year’s Top 10 movies are here, and a variety of honorable mentions are here.  But now for something completely different… Along with the egg nog and tinsel, there’s a certain undeniable seasonal pleasure to be had in singling out the truly spectacular misses of the movie year for some shame and ridicule.  We […]

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