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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “30 Minutes Or Less”

Posted August 12, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  30 MINUTES OR LESS – Watch It At Home:  Doesn’t Deliver   The frustration of 30 MINUTES OR LESS is that of all the R-rated comedies this summer, it was the one with the most original premise and promising credentials:  direction by Ruben Fleischer, the man behind the surprisingly smart and funny hit Zombieland, […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “The Watch”

Posted July 27, 2012 by Mitch Salem

THE WATCH:  Not At Any Price – Do the Stars a Favor:  Don’t Watch Some terrible movies surprise and disappoint, but you could see THE WATCH coming for weeks.  The increasingly desperate marketing campaign told the story–it’s a buddy comedy!  it’s a sci-fi comedy!  it’s a buddy comedy and a sci-fi comedy!–as did the panicky […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “The Hunger Games”

Posted March 23, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> THE HUNGER GAMES:  Worth A Ticket – The Odds Are Mostly In Its Favor Now that virtually every blockbuster movie opens in IMAX, going to an IMAX theatre at this time of year provides a de facto trailer festival for an entire summer of (seemingly) more or less mindless spectacle.  As The Avengers blends […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY MOVIE REVIEW: “Iron Man 3″

Posted May 3, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  IRON MAN 3:  Watch It At Home – Offbeat But Uneven Tentpole The last thing on earth that Shane Black, the co-writer (with Drew Pearce) and director of IRON MAN THREE (the way the credits spell it) seems to have wanted to make was an Iron Man movie, and that makes this third–or third […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY SUNDANCE REVIEW: “The Skeleton Twins”

Posted January 22, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Star power makes all the difference  in THE SKELETON TWINS.  Craig Johnson’s dramedy (written with Mark Heyman) takes place in fairly commonplace territory, especially at Sundance:  siblings bound together, whether they like it or not, by embittered love and old family scars.  What isn’t expected, though, is for those roles to be filled by SNL alumni Kristen […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “21 Jump Street”

Posted March 16, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  21 JUMP STREET:  Watch It At Home – High School Meta-Bromance   The meta-ization of contemporary comedy marches on:  Community, of course, is a virtual meta-kingdom, but Happy Endings makes Friends jokes, this week’s 30 Rock undercut what appeared to be its own sentimental ending with jokes poking at viewers who might like sentimental […]

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THE SKED MOVIE PROMO WATCH: OSCAR NIGHT EDITION

Posted February 27, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> The Academy limits the number of movie ads that can be aired on the Oscar telecast (until recent years, they didn’t allow any), so as not to make the night look like the awards are shilling for the studios.  (God forbid!)  It’s not clear whether that’s the reason only 2 movie promos made it […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE 2013: “Don Jon’s Addiction”

Posted January 28, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  When Joseph Gordon-Levitt decided to make his feature writing and directing debut with DON JON’S ADDICTION (starring in it as well), his attitude was clearly Go Big Or Go Home.  To a large extent, he’s pulled off his audacious comedy, although in keeping with its theme, this may be the kind of movie people […]

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