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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: “The Deep Blue Sea”

Posted September 15, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> If you were going to describe the films of Terence Davies (Distant Voices, Still Lives, The Long Day Closes, The House of Mirth) in one word, that word would not be “dynamic.”  Or “kinetic.”  Or, well, “exciting.”  Davies directs stately tableaux, impressive and sometimes moving, but rooted in nostalgia and regret. Which is why […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival Reviews: “Downsizing” & “The Shape of Water”

Posted September 12, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  DOWNSIZING (Paramount – Dec 22):  Alexander Payne’s latest film (written with his usual partner Jim Taylor) is a delight–and a bit of a mess.  On its face, Downsizing is a leap out of Payne and Taylor’s comfort zones, renowned as they are for small-scale character studies and social satires like Election, The Descendants, Sideways […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival Review: “Truth”

Posted September 12, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  The screenwriter James Vanderbilt has made his directing debut with TRUTH, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival tonight, and at times it’s clear that this is a writer’s movie:  Vanderbilt gives no fewer than three of his characters the opportunity for a Rousing Final Speech, something another director might well have toned down.  […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO: “Thanks For Sharing”

Posted September 9, 2012 by Mitch Salem

Stuart Blumberg’s first film as a director (his screenwriting credits include The Kids Are All Right), THANKS FOR SHARING, never quite manages to solve its own central problem:  how to make a sensitive and funny (and not harrowing) movie on the subject of sex addiction. We’ve had the harrowing version, of course, with Steve McQueen’s […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO: “The Company You Keep”

Posted September 9, 2012 by Mitch Salem

As soon as Robert Redford had enough clout to start generating his own movies, he began starring in and often producing some of the best politically-themed films of the 1970s, including The Candidate, Three Days of the Condor and All the President’s Men.  Laudably, in this latter portion of his career, he’s continued to be one of the […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival Reviews: “mother!” & “Unicorn Store”

Posted September 11, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  mother! (Paramount – Sept 15):  It may come as a shock to people who have been following the marketing for Darren Aronofsky’s mother! to find out that it isn’t a horror movie at all.  It uses thriller grammar from time to time, and in the early going you might think you’re going to see […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO: “At Any Price”

Posted September 10, 2012 by Mitch Salem

With the notable exception of Friday Night Lights, Hollywood has rarely even attempted a serious depiction of life in the American heartland in recent years.  More often, the center of the country is a setting for stories of random violence or bland, heartwarming family values.  In his fourth feature film, AT ANY PRICE, director Ramin Bahrani, […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO: “Frances Ha” & “Imogene”

Posted September 8, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  One of the things that happens at film festivals is that as you see many films in back-to-back proximity, mini-trends start to emerge, at least in the mind, and pictures that were made entirely separately, and which may well end up released months apart from each other, seem to be in direct competition.  So […]

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