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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 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 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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SHOWBUZZDAILY SUNDANCE FILM REVIEW: “Hellion”

Posted February 5, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Of all the films in this year’s US Dramatic Competition at Sundance, Kat Candler’s HELLION was the one that most closely matched what’s become a festival template: Aggressively shaky handheld camerawork:  Check. Small-town dysfunctional family (alcoholic/grief-stricken division):  Check. Third act sparked by violence:  Check. Rebellious yet sensitive and misunderstood young protagonist:  Check. Commercially successful […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Sundance 2015 Capsule Reviews

Posted February 4, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  Every year when I arrive at Sundance, I swear to myself that I’ll review each film there as soon as I’ve seen it, but after making the effort to keep up for the first day or two, a daily screening schedule that starts at 8:30AM each morning (earlier if you need to be on a Wait List line, and that […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Sundance Film Festival Capsule Reviews

Posted February 2, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  When push came to shove, a choice had to be made between The Birth of A Nation and “the farting corpse movie” (AKA Swiss Army Man), and your faithful narrator has to confess that he went with the former, so apologies for that.  There are other films, as well, that I would have liked […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Whiplash”

Posted January 27, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Damien Chazelle’s powerhouse WHIPLASH is about the pursuit of not just excellence, but perfection, and on its own deliberately limited terms it doesn’t land far from that mark.  Whiplash won both the Grand Jury and the Audience prizes at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (only the 5th time that’s happened), and for all intents […]

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THE BIJOU @ SUNDANCE: Let The (Show)Buzz Commence

Posted December 1, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> The Sundance Film Festival, like Toronto, issues its announcements about the films that will be screening in several stages.  (Sundance’s sadism about actually obtaining tickets, however, is all its own.)  Today came the first release for the January 2012 Festival, covering the US and international competition slates in Dramatic and Documentary films.  These are […]

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