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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

Posted July 8, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  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 2001’s HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE, and for that Warners should name a building after him.  The three grew over […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY 2011 IN REVIEW: The Year’s Worst Movies

Posted January 1, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> The problem with 2011 on screen was more the pervasive mediocrity than an overload of terrible movies, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t some awful films to be found–and, if possible, avoided.  Here are 10 or so: 10.  ONE DAY:  Admittedly, a cheat:  One Day wasn’t a complete disaster–it was far less painful to […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Point Blank”

Posted July 30, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  POINT BLANK – Worth a Ticket:  A Thrill-Ride with Subtitles   The most gripping Hollywood thriller of the summer is… in French.  (But not for long.)  This isn’t a complete surprise:  POINT BLANK‘s director/co-writer Fred Cavaye may not be a household name, but he made the film Anything For Her, the 96-minute thriller that […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Haywire”

Posted November 7, 2011 by Mitch Salem

    HAYWIRE:  Worth A Ticket – For the Gasp-Inducing Fight Scenes Alone   You might think that if a major, celebrated filmmaker were to take the extraordinary step of announcing, years in advance, that he had set the time for his retirement from movies, and that, even though he was only middle-aged, he would […]

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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: Sarah Polley’s “Take This Waltz”

Posted September 11, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> In just her second feature film as a director (her first was 2006’s Oscar-nominated Away From Her), Sarah Polley demonstrates that she’s already a filmmaker with rare grace and sensuality in TAKE THIS WALTZ, which premiered tonight at the Toronto Film Festival.  Blessed with yet another superb lead performance by Michelle Williams, Polley’s film […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Limitless”

Posted March 24, 2011 by Mitch Salem

    Worth a ticket.   In movies, as in life, when someone is offered an illicit miracle drug that seems too good to be true, it usually is. So the general narrative arc of LIMITLESS doesn’t come as a huge surprise. What is surprising is that Neil Burger’s film, predicted to be the highest […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”

Posted August 29, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK – Not Even For Free:  No, Really–Don’t Be Afraid     FilmDistrict has gone out of its way to identify co-writer/co-producer Guillermo del Toro with DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, to the extent that from the marketing, one could easily fail to realize that the movie is […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

Posted December 8, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY:  Worth A Ticket – An Epic of Betrayals   John LeCarre is (I guess one should say “arguably”) the greatest of all spy novelists, and his 1974 TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY is “arguably” his finest work.  Incredibly, the 1979 BBC miniseries adaptation lived up to the level of the novel, […]

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