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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE 2013: “Magic Magic”

Posted January 29, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  MAGIC MAGIC never really makes clear what it intends to be, but it’s awfully fascinating to watch. Written and directed by the prolific Sebastian Silva, who had two films at Sundance this year (the other was the well-received Crystal Fairy), and who is best known for his art-house success The Maid, Magic is set […]

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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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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 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: “Bachelorette”

Posted January 24, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> Although Sundance still has several days to go, and surprises could spring up at any time (yesterday The Surrogate, a drama with John Hawkes as a man in an iron lung who decides to lose his virginity to a sex therapist played by Helen Hunt, came out of nowhere to win a huge $6M […]

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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 2013: “Big Sur”

Posted January 30, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Maybe it’s time for a filmmaker who doesn’t give a damn about the Beat Generation to make the next movie about them.  Michael Polish’s BIG SUR joins last year’s On the Road as a Jack Kerouac adaptation that’s gorgeously filmed, performed with seriousness and commitment, and dramatically paralyzed.  (I missed this year’s other Sundance […]

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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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