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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 REVIEW: “Hello I Must Be Going”

Posted January 20, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> Sundance changed the way it kicks things off this year. Instead of a single high-profile Opening Night Film (which has almost always turned out to be a disappointment), the festival screened several smaller films. For those of us who arrived before the madness begins in earnest tomorrow, there was the chance to get Wait […]

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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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SHOWBUZZDAILY SUNDANCE REVIEW: “God’s Pocket”

Posted January 31, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Of all the titles in this year’s Sundance US Dramatic Competition line-up, none may have been more promising on paper than GOD’S POCKET.  Based on a novel by Pete Dexter, it marked the feature directing debut of the actor John Slattery, whose work behind the camera on Mad Men has produced some of the […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Sundance Film Festival Reviews: “Call Me By Your Name,” “Fun Mom Dinner,” “Before I Fall” & “Wind River”

Posted January 29, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (Sony Classics):  Luca Guadagnino’s sumptuous gay romance has been anointed as the Sundance entry most likely to figure into next year’s Oscar race, and it’s easy to see why.  It combines the appeal of traditional prestige drama (James Ivory, who practically invented the modern version of that genre, is […]

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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: “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 Film Festival Reviews: “Wildlife” & “The Tale”

Posted January 25, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  WILDLIFE (no distrib):  If you’ve ever felt sorry for youngsters who are cordoned off from their parents’ difficult relationships, and then blindsided by the consequences, Paul Dano’s directing debut advises that pity should really be reserved for those children who know all too much about what’s going on.  Dano’s austere and disturbing drama isn’t […]

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