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SHOWBUZZDAILY Sundance Film Festival Reviews: “The Report” & “Them That Follow”

Posted February 2, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  THE REPORT (Amazon):  Scott Z. Burns’s political expose is important and engrossing, but it’s composed of so much exposition that it may have trouble finding a mainstream audience.  (Which made Amazon’s decision to pay $14M to acquire it somewhat surprising.)  The film is concerned with two overlapping cover-ups over a period of years, set […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Sundance Film Festival Reviews: “The Sunlit Night” & “Wounds”

Posted January 29, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  THE SUNLIT NIGHT (no distrib):  The last thing one would have expected from the director of the genuinely scabrous Wetlands was a follow-up that seems to trying to meld NY Jewish comedy with the kind of enchanted romcom spirit of Bill Forsyth’s Local Hero.  But that’s what David Wnendt has given us, and the […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Sundance Film Festival Reviews: “To The Stars” & “Sister Aimee”

Posted January 28, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  TO THE STARS (no distrib):  Tales of small-town outcasts are a regular feature at Sundance, and Martha Stephens’ drama is an accomplished example of the genre.  Shannon Bradley-Colleary’s script is set in 1960s Oklahoma (the film is splendidly shot by Andrew Reed in a black and white that recalls The Last Picture Show), centering on […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Sundance Film Festival Reviews: “I Am Mother” & “The Lodge”

Posted January 27, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  I AM MOTHER (no distrib):  Grant Sputore’s impressively controlled first feature brings us back to the post-apocalypse.  In Michael Lloyd Green’s script, it appears as though the only surviving remnant of humanity is an unnamed girl (Clara Rugaard as a teen) raised from a fetus by a maternal robot (voiced by Rose Byrne).  Mother […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Sundance Film Festival Reviews: “After the Wedding” & “Adam”

Posted January 27, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  AFTER THE WEDDING (no distrib):  The Danish 2006 After the Wedding, which won that year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar, was shot by director Suzanne Biers in the then-trendy Dogma style, heavy on pseudo-verite camerawork and lighting that imparted a sense of immediacy to the drama.  Bart Freundlich’s English-language remake dispenses with that style entirely.  […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Black Monday”

Posted January 20, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  BLACK MONDAY:  Sunday 10PM on Showtime Showtime and Don Cheadle didn’t look far afield for their follow-up after 5 seasons of the network’s House of Lies.  In that series, Cheadle played a fast-talking, rule-breaking business consultant whiz, while in the new BLACK MONDAY… he plays a fast-talking, rule-breaking Wall Street whiz.  (For its part, […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Roswell, New Mexico”

Posted January 16, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO – Tuesday 9PM on CW CW has gone back to its WB/UPN roots for ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, a reboot and update of the Roswell series that debuted on the first of those networks in 1999, then moved to the other.  Once again, it’s a story of romance between an Earth woman […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Passage”

Posted January 15, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  THE PASSAGE:  Monday 9PM on FOX FOX’s THE PASSAGE does to Justin Cronin’s intricate, elaborate trilogy of postapocalyptic thrillers what Hollywood has traditionally done with literary fiction, flattening the books in the most conventional way possible.  This wasn’t the original plan, or even the second:  Ridley Scott’s production company acquired Cronin’s books with the […]

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