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SHOWBUZZDAILY SUNDANCE REVIEW: “The One I Love”

Posted January 22, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  The trouble with trying to recommend THE ONE I LOVE , written by Justin Lader and directed by Charlie McDowell, is that it’s impossible to describe how clever, surprising and intriguing it turns out to be without giving up its secrets.  It begins straightforwardly–so much so, in fact, that you might need to restrain an “Ah, […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Low Down”

Posted January 24, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  No one can accuse LOW DOWN of attempting to glamorize the true story it tells.  Jeff Preiss’s first film as a director is a slow, grim dirge set in an underbelly of the jazz world in 1970s Los Angeles, and it’s been co-written (with Topper Lilien) and -produced (and based on the memoir by) Amy-Jo Albany, […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE 2013: “Stoker”

Posted January 21, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  STOKER is the kind of swank, elegant horror movie we don’t see very often in these days of unkillable chainsaw-wielding serial killers who make awful use of human remains.  It’s chilling, more than a little crazy, and also borderline silly, all of which are part of the fun. The film is the first English-language project […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Celeste & Jesse Forever”

Posted January 21, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> The festival has its first crowd-pleaser in CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER, a light but heartfelt romantic comedy-drama in the Woody Allen vein. Written by Rashida Jones (who also stars as Celeste) and Will Mc McCormack (on hand as well as a supportive weed dealer), it takes a different slant on the usual rom-com by […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Shadow Dancer”

Posted January 28, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  Plot and character revelations are a critical part of James Marsh’s subtle, complex spy drama SHADOW DANCER, adapted by Tom Bradby from his own novel, so I’ll be circumspect in describing its plot beyond the initial set-up.  (Then again, I saw it at an 8:30AM screening at Sundance, so I’m not altogether sure I […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE REVIEW: “The Pact”

Posted January 29, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  It takes about an hour, but Nicholas McCarthy’s THE PACT, which premiered in the Park City At Midnight section at Sundance, eventually turns out to have a neat twist up its sleeve, one that switches the movie from haunted house horror to an entirely different subgenre of thriller.  And after that, a solid reel […]

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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 REVIEW: “Goats”

Posted January 27, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  Virtually every screening at Sundance is followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, and while these sessions can be informative and charming (although 3 questions that need never be asked again are How long did you shoot?  What was the budget? and How much was improvised?), they can also be quite sad.  Watching them, […]

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