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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 @ SUNDANCE 2013: “The Spectacular Now”

Posted January 22, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  The screenplay for THE SPECTACULAR NOW, a Dramatic Competition entry at Sundance, was written by the team of Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who also wrote (500) Days of Summer, but the new film has none of the breezy and somewhat gimmicky visual style of that hit.  Director James Ponsoldt, instead, goes to the […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto 2014 Mini-Reviews

Posted September 14, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  As has been generally reported, this year’s Toronto Film Festival wasn’t a dominant one, lacking the kind of overwhelming favorites that The King’s Speech and Argo have been in recent years.  Some potentially major upcoming films chose to screen at other festivals (Birdman at Venice, Gone Girl and Inherent Vice in New York), while […]

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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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TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW: “Prisoners”

Posted September 6, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  The prevailing atmosphere in Denis Villenueve’s PRISONERS will be familiar to anyone who’s been watching cable TV drama for the past few years.  Gloom, grief, hopelessness, helpless rage–it’s home turf for shows like The Killing, The Bridge, Low Winter Sun, Broadchurch and their brethren.  (The rural Pennsylvania setting of Prisoners has even borrowed the endless raininess of The Killing‘s Seattle.) […]

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THE BIJOU @ TIFF; Collected Reviews

Posted September 18, 2011 by Mitch Salem

>Click below for all SHOWBUZZDAILY‘s collected Toronto Film Festival reviews, in alphabetical order: 360 50/50 ALBERT NOBBS THE ARTIST BUTTER DAMSELS IN DISTRESS THE DEEP BLUE SEA THE DESCENDANTS DRIVE HICK THE IDES OF MARCH THE INCIDENT INTO THE ABYSS MONEYBALL THE MOTH DIARIES PEACE, LOVE AND MISUNDERSTANDING THE RAID RAMPART RESTLESS SALMON FISHING IN […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival Reviews: “Breathe” & “3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Posted September 12, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  BREATHE (Bleecker Street – Oct 13):  BREATHE wasn’t the favored Triumph of the Human Spirit drama at Toronto this year; that title went to Stronger, with Jake Gyllanhaal as a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing.  Not having seen Stronger, I can’t compare the two, but Breathe has plenty in it to please audiences […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival Review: “The Lobster”

Posted September 12, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  The allegory is piled on so thickly in Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER that after a while, it’s not clear just what the underlying subject is supposed to be.  Lanthimos is a cult-favorite filmmaker (the cult mostly consists of critics and film festival selection committee members) whose arresting Dogtooth was an unlikely Best Foreign Film […]

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