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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “This Means War”

Posted February 18, 2012 by Mitch Salem

>THIS MEANS WAR: Not Even For Free – This Means Crap No expense has been spared in making THIS MEANS WAR one of the worst pictures of recent years. A dreadful mash-up of the romantic-comedy and action-adventure genres, this thing has been in development for years, and although only 3 writers are credited (Timothy Dowling […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Bellflower”

Posted August 8, 2011 by Mitch Salem

      BELLFLOWER – Worth A Ticket:  A Uniquely Mashed-Up Vision     Watching BELLFLOWER, you keep thinking that it’s going to resolve itself into some categorizable genre.  Mumblecore romance, maybe, or low-budget apocalyptic action, or slacker comedy.  But while the film sips at all of those conventions, it has a striking, oddball originality […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Immortals”

Posted November 11, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  IMMORTALS:  Watch It At Home – Brainless, Violent and Weirdly Spectacular   There’s no question that the director Tarsem Singh has an eye.  Singh started as a director of commercials and music videos–his most famous is probably REM’s “Losing My Religion”–and his features The Cell and The Fall both had striking, memorable visuals.  Both […]

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“THE TREE OF LIFE” – God, Man & Terrence Malick

Posted May 27, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Worth A Ticket; An often stupendous achievement that courts ridicule–and sometimes earns it. Terrence Malick’s THE TREE OF LIFE is at once the filmmaker’s most emotionally grounded and dizzyingly ambitious film, his most relatable and esoteric piece of work.  In a sense it’s the definitive Malick film, the one that explores his chosen themes […]

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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: Francis Ford Coppola’s “Twixt”

Posted September 12, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> It’s anyone’s guess why Francis Ford Coppola, at the age of 72, with some enduring cinema classics to his name, would decide to make a movie that’s a cross between a David Lynch retread, an old horror cheapie, and a hallucination.  What matters is that the resulting TWIXT is utterly dreadful, the worst film […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEWS: “Miral,” “Potiche” and “Peep World”

Posted March 25, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  People have been accusing Julian Schnabel’s MIRAL of being propaganda for the Palestinian cause, but in a way that’s an insult to propagandists, who are usually focused and effective at what they do.  Miral is more of a mess than that, a no-doubt heartfelt story about one of the most historically complicated situations in […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Moneyball”

Posted September 23, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  Michael Lewis’ book Moneyball was a marvelous read, but seemed like dim source material for a movie. Credit, then, is due to the creators of the film version–the various producers, screenwriters Steven Zailian and Aaron Sorkin, and director Bennett Miller–for finding a compelling narrative spine in a true-life story about the change in an […]

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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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