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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO: “Dredd”

Posted September 7, 2012 by Mitch Salem

DREDD, which kicked off the merrily disreputable Midnight Madness program at the Toronto Film Festival last night, isn’t much, but no one can say the director Pete Travis wasted his 3D budget. Things are constantly hovering, fluttering or–often–splattering in the foreground of the frame, and the images do a better job of suggesting visual depth […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Film Review: “Tammy”

Posted July 2, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  TAMMY:  Not Even For Free – Melissa McCarthy Fumbles Her Industry Clout When a star earns hundreds of millions of dollars for Hollywood, it can show its appreciation by handing over the creative reins to the star (on a modest budget), allowing him or her to realize a “passion project.”  That’s where Melissa McCarthy […]

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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: “Your Sister’s Sister”

Posted September 14, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Lynn Shelton’s Humpday in 2009 was one of the most engaging pictures to come out of the mumblecore movement (“mumblecore,” for the uninitiated = ultra-low-budget, small scale film with dialogue mostly improvised by the actors), and her new film YOUR SISTER’S SISTER, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last night, confirms that she’s […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY HOLIDAY MOVIE GUIDE

Posted December 26, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  The year-end movies are almost all out now (2012’s final limited release, PROMISED LAND, opens on Friday), so here’s a handy capsule guide to what’s worth seeing at the multiplex-and what isn’t.  Just click on the titles for our full reviews. RESERVE YOUR SEATS NOW ZERO DARK THIRTY: Kathryn Bigelow’s (and screenwriter Mark Boal’s) […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Film Review: “How To Train Your Dragon 2″”

Posted June 12, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2:  Worth A Ticket – Bigger Isn’t Always Better, But Still Good Enough Like a lot of sequels animated and not, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 has been conceived on a much more spectacular scale than its predecessor, and as it’s become a bigger and more conventional action-adventure, […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Skyfall”

Posted November 8, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  SKYFALL:  Worth A Ticket – Bond Reborn For years–decades, actually–there have been periodic murmurings that a “real” director would one day take the helm of a James Bond movie.  At various times, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino were among those mentioned, and apparently at least some of them did have discussions with […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY FILM REVIEW: “The Purge”

Posted June 7, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  THE PURGE:  Watch It At Home – Dopey, Violent Allegory Nevertheless Packs a Punch THE PURGE is heavy-handed, borderline reprehensible nonsense–but that’s not to say it doesn’t work.  James DeMonaco’s trim (85 minutes, including credits) thriller is set in 2022, when virtually all crime and unemployment has been wiped out in a newly-restored United […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto 2014 Review: “This Is Where I Leave You”

Posted September 9, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU (Warners) – Opens September 19 – Worth A Ticket Jonathan Tropper’s very successful day job is writing seriocomic novels about families and romance that are distinguished by their male protagonists–the ground he trods is similar to Nick Hornby’s, but without quite matching Hornby’s freshness of approach or wit.  […]

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