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Current Release

SHOWBUZZDAILY FILM REVIEW: “The Way, Way Back”

Posted July 5, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  THE WAY, WAY BACK:  Watch It At Home – Modestly Engaging Coming-Of-Age Tale THE WAY, WAY BACK is one of the last real indie hopes for a original breakout hit this summer (it was a big buy out of Sundance, a $10M purchase by Fox Searchlight, the studio behind the Sundance smash Little Miss […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Upstream Color”

Posted April 13, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  UPSTREAM COLOR:  Worth A Ticket – But Not If You Require Coherent Plotting I’d be lying if I said I really knew what the hell was going on in UPSTREAM COLOR, and yet the experience of watching it was surprisingly enjoyable, even gripping in an odd way.  Watching Shane Carruth’s film (he serves as […]

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Film Festival

SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE 2013: Capsule Reviews

Posted February 1, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  The old truism that Park City empties out during the second half of the Sundance Film Festival, making it possible to see all the hot titles that premiered at the festival’s start, is far less true than it used to be.  It was impossible to get into the festival’s big buy, The Way, Way […]

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Film Festival

SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE 2013: “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman”

Posted January 31, 2013 by Mitch Salem

It’s a cliche to say, when a director of commercials and music videos helms his or her first feature film, that the result resembles a video extended to feature length–and certainly not one that’s always true, as the debuts of, among others, Ridley Scott (The Duellists) and David Fincher (Alien 3) have shown.  But cliches […]

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Film Festival

SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE 2013: “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete”

Posted January 30, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Toy’s House wasn’t the only movie at this year’s Sundance about boys fending for themselves.  THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE depicts a less voluntary version of the effort to keep going without adults, set in a much more hostile environment.  George Tillman Jr’s film, written by Michael Starrbury, is set in a […]

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Film Festival

SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE 2013: “The Look of Love”

Posted January 30, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  It just wouldn’t be a film festival without something from Michael Winterbottom.  Winterbottom isn’t at the very top of the film director pantheon, but he’s respected enough that his projects have been in near-constant festival demand for most of his two decade-long career, and one way or another they tend to be included in […]

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Film Festival

SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE 2013: “Touchy Feely”

Posted January 30, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  TOUCHY FEELY offers the gifted writer/director Lynn Shelton taking herself very, very seriously for the most part.  It turns out to be a less effective mode for her than those of her recent small-scale comedies Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister, which had marvelously well-judged tones.  (In her more mainstream work, she recently directed a […]

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Film Festival

SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE 2013: “Big Sur”

Posted January 30, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Maybe it’s time for a filmmaker who doesn’t give a damn about the Beat Generation to make the next movie about them.  Michael Polish’s BIG SUR joins last year’s On the Road as a Jack Kerouac adaptation that’s gorgeously filmed, performed with seriousness and commitment, and dramatically paralyzed.  (I missed this year’s other Sundance […]

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