Posts Tagged ‘franchise’
 

 

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Chicago Fire”

  NBC is all-in on CHICAGO FIRE.  Not only has it given the show a plum spot for the fall on Tuesdays with The Voice as its lead-in, it’s ordered a police-oriented spin-off for midseason.  All this enthusiasm is a ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE BIJOU RETROSPECTIVE: “Harry Potter and the Order Of the Phoenix”

> The magically moving portraits are pulled off the walls of Hogwarts in 2007’s HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, and the colors have started draining from the Potter universe.  Gone are the lush visuals of ...
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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW: Joel Schumacher’s “Batman & Robin”

  And then this happened. With BATMAN & ROBIN, the franchise that had been reclaimed for adults by Tim Burton in 1989 was turned back over to children (and not bright children) by Joel Schumacher in 1997.  Schumacher ...
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SHOWBUZZDAILY FILM REVIEW: “Monsters University”

  MONSTERS UNIVERSITY:  Watch It At Home – No Dean’s List For Pixar’s Latest There’s a wonderfully charming, imaginative Pixar movie opening on Friday, one that will restore your faith in the studi...
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THE BIJOU RETROSPECTIVE: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1)”

> When the announcement was made that Warner Bros would split HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS into 2 full-length movies, there was a certain amount of cynicism about studio greed–and, indeed, why not pick up an extra...
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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “The Bourne Legacy”

  THE BOURNE LEGACY:  Watch It At Home – Not Up To the Real Bournes THE BOURNE LEGACY has been concocted with a combination of ingenuity and desperation.  It exists because Universal–a studio dangerously ligh...
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SHOWBUZZDAILY FILM REVIEW: “Despicable Me 2”

  DESPICABLE ME 2:  Watch It At Home – Good-Hearted If Unexciting Sequel For the Kids Despicable Me was far from the most ambitious or striking animated feature of the last few years, but it was definitely cute.  I...
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A SHOWBUZZDAILY “HUNGER GAMES” SCORECARD – 3/25/12

> So what just happened, and what’s likely to happen next?  Here’s a quick look at what’s new in Panem: FINAL NUMBERS:  It turns out THE HUNGER GAMES wasn’t such a hit after all, earning a meas...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival Reviews: “Fahrenheit 11/9,” “The Predator” & “Greta”

  FAHRENHEIT 11/9 (Midwestern – opens September 21):  In the course of Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael Moore takes a shot at Jeff Zucker and Les Moonves for admitting that Donald Trump has been good for their businesses, b...
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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “The Expendables 2”

  THE EXPENDABLES 2:  Watch It At Home – Grumpy Old Mercenaries The first reel of THE EXPENDABLES 2 is just about all the numbskull fun you could ever wish for.  Our intrepid team of Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Ch...
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SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Grown Ups 2”

  GROWN UPS 2:  Not Even With A Gun To Your Head – Is It Time For the Razzies Yet? One can’t lightly dismiss Adam Sandler.  After the first Grown Ups, it seemed implausible that he could make a movie even wor...
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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

  Whatever one can say about Chris Columbus–and there’ll be plenty of less than glowing words about him below–he’s the man who cast Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as the leads in 200...
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THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “CSI”

  CSI:  Wednesday 10PM on CBS   WHERE WE WERE:  This time, as they say, it was personal.  In last season’s finale, imprisoned former Las Vegas Undersheriff and more recently mob boss Jeffrey McKeen (Conor O&#...
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