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SHOWBUZZDAILY Film Review: “Oldboy”

Posted November 27, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  OLDBOY:  Watch It At Home – Spike Lee’s Graphic Remake Falls Flat In the course of his career, Spike Lee has made some violent movies, but he’s never gotten off on the bloodshed; he’s not a rapturous pulpist, like Quentin Tarantino or Brian DePalma in his prime.  To remake Chan-Wook Park’s cult classic OLDBOY, […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Lawless”

Posted August 29, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  LAWLESS:  Watch It At Home – A Moonshine War To Make You Long for “Boardwalk Empire” Director John Hillcoat specializes in stark, emotionally distanced pulp, and if that sounds like a contradiction in terms, often it is.  His Australian western The Proposition, about a man murderously stalking his own brother, had a gnarled power, […]

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AFI FEST Film Review: “Lone Survivor”

Posted November 13, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  LONE SURVIVOR:  Buy A Ticket – A Powerfully Visceral Tale of War Peter Berg’s LONE SURVIVOR, which was shown at the AFI Film Festival tonight in advance of its release late next month, is a docudrama in the truest sense:  based on the memoir by Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, it exists with one aim […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Filly Brown”

Posted January 28, 2012 by Mitch Salem

    FILLY BROWN, directed by Youssef Delara (who also wrote the script) and Michael D. Olmos, falls into a recognizable Sundance genre:  sagas of poor young women (usually ethnic) struggling to escape their poverty and make a better life.  Celebrated examples in festival history include Girlfight and Real Women Have Curves; Filly Brown, while […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY FILM REVIEW: “The Lone Ranger”

Posted July 3, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  THE LONE RANGER:  Not Even For Free – The Silver Bullet Is Self-Inflicted Disney’s reluctance to produce THE LONE RANGER is well-documented; the studio even shut down the production shortly before shooting was to begin in order to force producer Jerry Bruckheimer, producer/director Gore Verbinski and producer/star Johnny Depp to slim down the production […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Taken 2”

Posted October 5, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  TAKEN 2:  Watch It At Home – “Particular Set of Skills” Indeed   As silly sequels to mindless hits go, TAKEN 2 is fairly entertaining, at least for a while.  The first movie, of course, was a surprise smash in 2009, at $145M (in the US alone) Liam Neeson’s biggest success as a solo […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Brave”

Posted June 22, 2012 by Mitch Salem

BRAVE:  Watch It At Home – Pixar Out Of Its Element   A spunky young animated princess is suffocated by her domineering mom, and her efforts to break free lead to all sorts of unintended chaos… Wasn’t Tangled a lot of fun?  Pixar’s new BRAVE has gotten lots of attention for being the studio’s first […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

Posted May 2, 2012 by Mitch Salem

    THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL:  Worth A Ticket – A Different Kind of Dream Team     Bear with me here. On Friday, Fox Searchlight will throw THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL directly into the path of the mega-buster that is The Avengers.  (Well, in 27 big-city theatres, anyway.)  It’s tempting, of course, […]

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