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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival/Series Premiere Review: “Casual”

Posted September 16, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  CASUAL:  October 7 on Hulu Hulu has included some original programming in its inventory for a while now, but it’s signaled its intention to join Netflix and Amazon in that realm in a more serious way with its order of new Mindy Project episodes, and production of a Stephen King minseries, The Way from […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival Review: “The Program”

Posted September 13, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  THE PROGRAM feels entirely useless.  With an authoritative documentary about the Lance Armstrong story already in wide distribution (Alex Gibney’s excellent The Armstrong Lie), the only reason to attempt a scripted version of the story would be to offer insights not present in the documentary material, or a cohesive narrative of his life that […]

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Film Festival

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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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Rust and Bone”

Posted December 7, 2012 by Mitch Salem

‎ Jacques Audiard doesn’t do sentimental. His last film, A Prophet, had the clear-eyed view of crime and the dramatic heft of a French version of “The Wire,” and his new and very different drama RUST & BONE benefits as well from his refusal to take the road of easy emotion. Lord knows, the bare […]

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Film Festival

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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Sicario
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival Review: “Sicario”

Posted September 11, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  The director Denis Villenueve has been staking out some interesting Hollywood territory for himself.  His new SICARIO, which debuted at Cannes and screened at the Toronto Film Festival prior to arriving in theatres next week, is, like his previous Prisoners, a serious adult thriller that demands audience attention and doesn’t compromise its dramatic principles, […]

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Articles

THE BIJOU @ TIFF: The Road Begins

Posted July 4, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> In September, SHOWBUZZDAILY will be attending the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, for short).  This is the first in an intermittent series of pieces about the experience of TIFF-ing. Every film festival has its own personality and place in the movie calendar.  TIFF has become hugely popular and important, especially in the last decade, […]

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Film Festival

SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival Review: “The Danish Girl”

Posted September 13, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  Transgender issues have been such hot-button topics in the news lately that people may not be prepared for how muted and delicate Tom Hooper’s THE DANISH GIRL is.  The film, which debuted at the Venice Film Festival and then screened at Toronto, before beginning a quest for awards later in the year, barely deals […]

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