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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival Review: “London Road”

Posted September 10, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  LONDON ROAD may have seemed marginally less odd as the stage musical it originally was.  No matter how naturalistic a play may be, the mechanics of theatre make it somewhat stylized, and that may have brought the show’s conceits to life when it was staged by England’s National Theatre company.  But as a film […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival Review: “I Saw the Light”

Posted September 11, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  Marc Abraham, for his second film as director (prior to that, he was a veteran producer), has chosen his second consecutive mid-20th-century biography, following 2008’s Flash of Genius with I SAW THE LIGHT, which premiered tonight at the Toronto Film Festival and will open in theatres in November.  The life of country music star […]

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TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW: “Under the Skin”

Posted September 12, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  A film festival is certainly the place for a feature-length semi-linear flow of unscripted dialogue and bizarre imagery if anywhere is, so welcome to UNDER THE SKIN.  The writer/director Jonathan Glazer has gradually been transforming into an abstract filmmaker:  he started with Sexy Beast, which was a fairly traditional narrative, then followed it with Birth, a piece […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto 2014 Review: “Clouds of Sils Maria”

Posted September 5, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (IFC):  no release date scheduled – Watch It At Home Olivier Assayas is a dazzlingly ambitious filmmaker, determined to do something totally different with each project he undertakes.  The results range from the spectacular (Carlos) to the tone-deaf (Demonlover), with his new CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, which premiered at Cannes […]

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TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW: “Rush”

Posted September 8, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  The writer Peter Morgan is a whiz at boring into little-remembered (and in the US, sometimes little-known) crannies of recent history and scooping out the rich drama inside, with scripts like The Deal, Frost/Nixon and The Damned United to his credit, along with the more celebrated The Queen.  (His occasional forays into pure fiction […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO:: “Iceman”

Posted September 11, 2012 by Mitch Salem

Michael Shannon is brilliant in ICEMAN, but it has to be said that he’s brilliant in just about the same way that he was in Take Shelter, in Revolutionary Road, on Boardwalk Empire, and even in The Runaways (although at least there he got to be funny).  For an actor who only became known to a wide audience 3 years ago […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO: “Seven Psychopaths”

Posted September 14, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  Few movies are as wholeheartedly dedicated to meta-ness as Martin McDonagh’s SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS.  The title of the movie is also the title of the script its main character Marty (Colin Farrell)–which, I believe, is short for “Martin”–is trying to write.  It’s also a tally that the movie keeps track of as the story moves […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto 2014 Review: “Nightcrawler”

Posted September 7, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  NIGHTCRAWLER (Open Road) – Opens October 31 – Worth A Ticket Over the past few years, Jake Gyllenhaal has seemed determined to scrub the wholesomeness out of his screen image, in movies like Zodiac, Brothers, End of Watch and Prisoners.  He achieves true creep-ness in NIGHTCRAWLER, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival before […]

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