Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Homeland”

Posted April 27, 2020 by Mitch Salem

  No season of Showtime’s HOMELAND ever came close to touching the wild highs of its first, an amazing concoction that managed to combine the tension of a great thriller with constant twists, impossible romance and psychological complexity.  The seven seasons that followed were varyingly up and down, the latter often marked by the apparent […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels”

Posted April 25, 2020 by Mitch Salem

  PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS:  Sunday 10PM on Showtime (available now via streaming/VOD) PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS is Showtime and John Logan’s not particularly promising attempt to turn his previous hit series into an anthology.  The two shows have little in common, at least initially, beyond the general historical horror genre and Logan’s […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Broke”

Posted April 2, 2020 by Mitch Salem

  BROKE:  Thursday 9:30PM on CBS Even brand-new episodes of CBS multicamera sitcoms can have a tendency to feel like reruns, and the network’s new midseason series BROKE brings that to the “but this is ridiculous” level.  Broke is built around virtually the same premise as NBC’s midseason sitcom Indebted.  (The two shows even air […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Council of Dads”

Posted March 25, 2020 by Mitch Salem

  COUNCIL OF DADS – Regular episodes begin airing April 30 on NBC NBC isn’t trying to fool anyone with its hopes for COUNCIL OF DADS.  The network aired a “preview” of its pilot more than a month before the actual series premiere in order to pair it with the season finale of This Is […]

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ShowbuzzDaily Season Finale Review: “This Is Us”

Posted March 25, 2020 by Mitch Salem

  The fourth season of NBC’s THIS IS US wasn’t a standout, relatively speaking, which in a way made the expertise of its execution more clear.  Even when it’s in second gear, Dan Fogelman’s series is constructed and acted so well that it holds its grip on viewers quite well  (This Is Us looked particularly […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Westworld”

Posted March 16, 2020 by Mitch Salem

  WESTWORLD:  Sunday 9PM on HBO   With most other forms of new entertainment content sidelined for at least the next several weeks, television is likely to be even more at the center of our culture than it already is, and Season 3 of HBO’s WESTWORLD, with its dense mythology and high philosophical ambitions, seems […]

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Film Festival

SHOWBUZZDAILY Sundance Film Reviews: “Save Yourselves!” & “The Fight”

Posted February 7, 2020 by Mitch Salem

  SAVE YOURSELVES! (no distrib):  A moderately amusing sketch that doesn’t quite have the heft for feature length.  Writer/directors Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson satirize Brooklyn hipsters and sci-fi in their story of a couple, Jack (John Reynolds) and Su (Sunita Mani), who’ve decided to ditch their devices and spend a week in a […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Sundance Film Festival Reviews: “Sergio” & “Lost Girls”

Posted February 6, 2020 by Mitch Salem

  SERGIO (Netflix – April 17):  Greg Barker’s film has an unusual pedigree.  Barker, up to this point a documentarian, directed a nonfiction version of the same story (and with the same title) in 2009, but decided that he wanted to explore the life of UN diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello further in a way […]

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