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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Win Win”

Posted March 24, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  Worth a ticket.   Tom McCarthy has been carving a modest but very impressive niche for himself in the indie film universe. His films The Station Agent and The Visitor were both superbly written and performed, and he takes a small step toward the commercial mainstream with the new WIN WIN. Paul Giamatti stars […]

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SOURCE CODE: If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Posted March 31, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Worth a ticket. They say that the definition of madness is repeating the same action with the expectation of a different result.  But that diagnosis doesn’t allow for this:  a man (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up and finds himself on a train, where his reflection in the mirror doesn’t look like himself, and the woman […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows”

Posted December 16, 2011 by Mitch Salem

    SHERLOCK HOLMES:  GAME OF SHADOWS:  Watch It At Home – Far Too Elementary   We have to come to terms with the fact that an entire generation may recognize the name Sherlock Holmes not as the template for brilliant amateur crime-solving, but as a moderately intelligent action-comedy hero who dresses up in funny […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

Posted July 13, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  It was all so cute when it started… David Yates’ 2009 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE is surprisingly funny at times–surprising, because in all other ways the film was, up to that point, by far the grimmest entry in the series.  It’s curiously structured:  part romantic comedy, complete with love potions and pining […]

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THE BIJOU: “SUPER 8” – Spielberg Much?

Posted June 10, 2011 by Mitch Salem

>   Watch It At Home:  That’s MR. Spielberg To You JJ Abrams’ SUPER 8 is the Beatlemania of Steven Spielberg movies.   Abrams is no doubt absolutely genuine in his reverence for classics from the 1970s and 80s like Jaws, Close Encounters, ET, Poltergeist and The Goonies, all produced or directed by the master–Abrams […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

Posted December 21, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO:  Worth A Ticket – David Fincher Meets Lisbeth Salander   The most remarkable thing about David Fincher’s version of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (written for the English-language screen by Steven Zaillian) is that while remaining, for the most part, scrupulously faithful to the best-selling novel by […]

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PRIEST: Pray For Us

Posted May 14, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Not Even For Free; The 3D Must Stand For “Dull Deadly Dud” If you squint at the post-apocalyptic desert wasteland settings of PRIEST, I swear you can see the camera crews from The Book of Eli, Jonah Hex, Resident Evil and Ultraviolet trying to duck out of frame.  At this point, I don’t think […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Crazy Stupid Love”

Posted July 29, 2011 by Mitch Salem

      CRAZY STUPID LOVE – Worth A Ticket:  It All Works     Without further ado:  CRAZY STUPID LOVE is the comedy of the summer.  Also the drama.  There are certainly spectacles out there now providing fantastic visual thrills, and some of them (X-Men, Harry Potter) are quite good, too; but if you […]

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