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THE BIJOU REVIEW: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” – Palatably Painless

Posted June 18, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Watch It At Home: Fodder For the Undemanding Young One of the running gags in MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS is that the birds are fascinated by old Charlie Chaplin movies, and can be kept calm for hours just by placing them in front of a TV displaying the silent films.  Mr. Popper’s own ambition is […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “The Informant!”

Posted March 22, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  Airing on Cinemax:  At Home In Your Home With the failure of THE INFORMANT! at the box-office in 2009 (it grossed around $41M worldwide), Steven Soderbergh seemed to reach a crossroads in his career. Informantfollowed the even bigger financial flop of his ambitious 2-part Che, and soon afterward he announced his intention to retire […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Carnage”

Posted November 6, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  CARNAGE:  Watch It At Home – Polanski and All-Star Cast Miss the Bullseye   The trick about CARNAGE, which is based on the Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, is that despite its pedigree, and the big names usually associated with it, it’s more of a game than a revelation.  The […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Captain America: The First Avenger”

Posted July 22, 2011 by Mitch Salem

    CAPTAIN AMERICA:  THE FIRST AVENGER – Worth A Ticket:  Marvel Goes Back To the Future   There’s a certain irony in the fact that, in this summer of Super 8 and its Spielberg rapture, the most successfully Spielbergian movie of the season is Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA:  THE FIRST AVENGER.  Its connection to Steven […]

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SCRE4M: Meta Boo!

Posted April 16, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Watch It At Home;  The thrills are so postmodern, they don’t seem to be happening in the theater. When the original Scream arrived in 1996, the slaughtering-the-teenagers genre was already old enough to drive; the first Friday the 13th had opened more than 16 years before.  The conventions of the form were as well-worn […]

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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 BEAVER: Chew On This

Posted May 4, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Watch It At Home:  Gibson Delivers, The Movie Wobbles As you may have heard, the new comedy-drama THE BEAVER stars a guy named Mel Gibson, who used to be a big-time movie star.  (It’s actually a surprise to realize how long ago that was:  his last real hit was Signs, 9 years ago–to put […]

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PROM: Bland-Land

Posted May 4, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Not Even For Free; No Pig’s Blood At This Shindig. The relationships we have with the stars we watch are no less real for being imaginary, and that’s particularly true for television stars, whom we often watch inhabit and grow within the same character over a period of years.  So fans of the great […]

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