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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: “The First Time”

Posted January 28, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  THE FIRST TIME may be too lovable for its own good.  Jonathan Kasdan’s teen romance, which premiered in the Dramatic Competition at Sundance, couldn’t be more straightforward:  in its opening minutes, it introduces the adorable Dave (Dylan O’Brien) and Aubrey (Britt Robertson), two hyper-articulate sweethearts who meet outside a suburban LA party neither of […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE REVIEW: “2 Days In New York”

Posted January 28, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  In 2007, Julie Delpy wrote, directed and co-starred in 2 Days In Paris, a romantic comedy-drama featuring Adam Goldberg and herself as a couple who lived in NY and visited the title city for a tumultuous visit with her character Marie’s family.  Paris was only a moderate art-house success in the US ($4.4M), but […]

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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 @ SUNDANCE 2013: “Don Jon’s Addiction”

Posted January 28, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  When Joseph Gordon-Levitt decided to make his feature writing and directing debut with DON JON’S ADDICTION (starring in it as well), his attitude was clearly Go Big Or Go Home.  To a large extent, he’s pulled off his audacious comedy, although in keeping with its theme, this may be the kind of movie people […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Boyhood”

Posted January 27, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Back when Stanley Kubrick still planned to direct the film that became AI: Artificial Intelligence, he famously toyed with the idea of shooting it bit by bit over a period of years, so that the young protagonist would literally age on screen.  Now Richard Linklater, the most unKubrickian of filmmakers, has done exactly that with BOYHOOD, […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Sundance Film Festival Reviews: “The Last Word” & “Thoroughbred”

Posted January 25, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  THE LAST WORD (Bleecker Street):  Shirley MacLaine does the irascible codger thing.  She’s smart enough not to overplay the very familiar hand she’s been dealt by screenwriter Stuart Ross Fink and director Mark Pellington, but still there’s little here we haven’t seen many times before.  Harriet Lauler (MacLaine), while a holy terror to everyone […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE 2013: “Ass Backwards”

Posted January 28, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  The Sundance programmers, one has to assume, are big fans of TV’s Happy Endings.  Casey Wilson is part of that show’s wonderful ensemble, and one of its most reliably hilarious members.  The news that she was co-writing (with co-star June Diane Raphael) her own comedy vehicle must have seemed promising.  Yet at some point […]

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