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SHOWBUZZDAILY FILM REVIEW: “World War Z”

Posted June 20, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  WORLD WAR Z:  Watch It At Home – Third Act Heroics, In More Ways Than One The travails of WORLD WAR Z on the way to the screen have been widely discussed, and in the end the misshapen, Frankenstein-like $200M (plus marketing costs) assembly of various genres, writers, editors and re-shoots are something of […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Film Review: “Blackhat”

Posted January 18, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  BLACKHAT:  Not Even For Free – One of Michael Mann’s Worst Michael Mann has become a filmmaking vampire; he sucks the blood out of promising projects.  His new, seemingly up-to-the-minute computer hacking thriller BLACKHAT, following his problematic Miami Vice film and Public Enemies (as well as the pilot for HBO’s Luck) is once again his trademark kind […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Jack the Giant Slayer”

Posted March 1, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  JACK THE GIANT SLAYER:  Watch It At Home – No Giants Here It’s been a dozen years since moviegoers took up residence in Middle Earth with the opening of the first Lord of the Rings film, and since the multi-billion dollar success of that franchise, Hollywood has refused to let us leave.  Apart from […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival Review: “Black Mass”

Posted September 16, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  Scott Cooper’s BLACK MASS is a beautifully put together and wonderfully acted true-life drama about Boston gangsters and the law, but it has a void at its center that holds it back from greatness.  That center isn’t occupied by JoOut ofhnny Depp or his character James “Whitey” Bulger (one used that nickname with him […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Film Review: “Maleficent”

Posted May 30, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  MALEFICENT:  Watch It At Home – Only Jolie Casts a Spell The conflicting agendas driving the new MALEFICENT don’t leave much room for the movie itself.  Like Wicked and Once Upon A Time, it’s a revisionist fairy tale, specifically one that casts a sympathetic, proto-feminist eye on an iconic evil sorceress.  But it’s also […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “The Woman In Black”

Posted February 3, 2012 by Mitch Salem

    THE WOMAN IN BLACK:  Watch It At Home – Fun, But Creaky As Its Doors   THE WOMAN IN BLACK is so aggressively old-fashioned it sometimes feels like the horror movie version of The Artist.  A haunted house story in the grand style, it may be in color and wide-screen, but its heart […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Film Review: “Sabotage”

Posted March 27, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  SABOTAGE:  Not Even For Free – A Bloody Waste SABOTAGE is a lot bloodier than you’re expecting.  A lot bloodier.  I mention this upfront because although an R-rated Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle carries with it a certain likelihood of violence, the level of gore in Sabotage is more like what you’d see in a horror […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Safety Not Guaranteed”

Posted June 9, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED:  Worth A Ticket – Time Is Of Its Essence Nothing in SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED happens the way you’d expect.  The film was inspired by a real-life classified ad run by someone looking for a companion for time travel, advising that applicants “must bring your own weapons.”  But it’s not a docudrama, […]

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