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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: Whit Stillman’s “Damsels In Distress”

Posted September 16, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Whit Stillman has one of the most distinctive voices in American film, and his 13-year absence from the screen barely shows in his new comedy DAMSELS IN DISTRESS; it feels as though, had it been made immediately after The Last Days of Disco in 1998, nothing about it would be the slightest bit different. […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “The Lorax”

Posted March 5, 2012 by Mitch Salem

    THE LORAX:  Not Even For Free – A Seussian Mess   It may not be pretty, but surely it’s true–Credit must go where credit is due.  In this case, that means the Universal Pictures Marketing Department, which as it turns out has done a splendid job these last few weeks of hiding just […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Paul”

Posted March 18, 2011 by Mitch Salem

    Watch it at home.   The genial PAUL really only has one joke–luckily it’s a pretty good one: what if ET had the persona of Seth Rogen? While Paul isn’t the first alien to crack jokes (remember Alf?), Rogen’s voice gives the guy a little slacker/stoner kick. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are […]

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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: “Your Sister’s Sister”

Posted September 14, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Lynn Shelton’s Humpday in 2009 was one of the most engaging pictures to come out of the mumblecore movement (“mumblecore,” for the uninitiated = ultra-low-budget, small scale film with dialogue mostly improvised by the actors), and her new film YOUR SISTER’S SISTER, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last night, confirms that she’s […]

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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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BRIDESMAIDS: Bachelorette Party

Posted May 14, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Watch It At Home: As Long and Uneven As a Real-Life Wedding. Few recent movies have arrived bearing such a bouquet of goodwill as the new comedy BRIDESMAIDS.  It marks the movie starring and screenwriting (with Annie Mumolo) debut of Kristen Wiig, generally considered one of the shining lights of this generation’s “Saturday Night […]

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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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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “My Week With Marilyn”

Posted November 7, 2011 by Mitch Salem

    MY WEEK WITH MARILYN:  Worth A Ticket – Michelle Williams is Spectacular, Movie Is Fine   Harvey Weinstein has two movies on the way in the next couple of months featuring actresses who are presumptively in line for Oscar consideration: The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, and MY WEEK WITH […]

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