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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE 2013: “In A World…”

Posted January 26, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  The actress Lake Bell’s feature-film writing/directing debut IN A WORLD… has a fresh slant on showbiz comedy, and it’s both consistently likable and sometimes very funny.  It’s also sloppy, overbroad, predictable and so technically flat that it hurts the eyes to watch–but that’s what first films are for. The general idea of In A World…, in which various […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Save the Date”

Posted January 23, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> Michael Mohan’s SAVE THE DATE, which premiered this afternoon at Sundance, doesn’t earn its points from an original premise. It concerns 2 divergent sisters, Sarah (Lizzy Caplan) and Beth (Alison Brie), but mostly Sarah. While Beth, the control-freak, is relentlessly planning her upcoming wedding to musician Andrew (Martin Starr), the commitment-phobic Sarah is about […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE 2013: “Emanuel & The Truth About Fishes”

Posted January 23, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  EMANUEL AND THE TRUTH ABOUT FISHES is deeply, satisfyingly strange.  In a way, it’s a validation not just of Sundance, but the whole film festival system that is now our main way of finding out about distinctive new talent.  It also tells a story based in large part on a single plot development that, while […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Camp X-Ray”

Posted January 29, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  The Dramatic Competition at Sundance this year featured a pair of films that were largely built on duologues between two strong protagonists.  Attention was mostly–and properly–focused on Whiplash, which ended up winning both of the Festival’s top prizes, but Peter Sattler’s CAMP X-RAY is also worthy of some note. Camp X-Ray is set at […]

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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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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE 2013: “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Posted January 28, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  There’s a tendency to compare any slow-moving, beautifully-photographed drama with an abundance of natural imagery to the films of Terence Malick, but that’s unfair to the very particular surreal spirituality Malick brings even to his more insufferable projects.  In the case of AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, the more apt comparison is probably to Robert […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE REVIEW: “For a Good Time, Call…”

Posted January 23, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> There’s a principled discussion to be had about whether the Sundance Film Festival should be featuring movies that are essentially low-budget Hollywood entertainments made outside the studio system. But that discussion fades into irrelevance when the result is as hilarious and accomplished as FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL…, which premiered tonight. Directed by first-time […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE 2013: “Afternoon Delight”

Posted January 29, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  It takes quite a while–almost its entire length, in fact–for the utter conventionality of AFTERNOON DELIGHT to become clear.  Jill Soloway’s feature directing debut, for which she unaccountably won a Sundance award, toys with being a much more interesting, transgressive film, before settling down to be as middle-of-the-road and inoffensive as is humanly possible.  […]

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