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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Being Flynn”

Posted March 2, 2012 by Mitch Salem

    BEING FLYNN:  Watch It At Home – Troubling Story That Doesn’t Go Deep Enough   There’s a scene in Paul Weitz’s new film BEING FLYNN where Jonathan Flynn (Robert DeNiro), the alcoholic, narcissistic, pitiful, self-destructive father of Nick (Paul Dano), reads to his son from a publisher’s rejection letter.  Jonathan sees himself as […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Safety Not Guaranteed”

Posted June 9, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED:  Worth A Ticket – Time Is Of Its Essence Nothing in SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED happens the way you’d expect.  The film was inspired by a real-life classified ad run by someone looking for a companion for time travel, advising that applicants “must bring your own weapons.”  But it’s not a docudrama, […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Jack the Giant Slayer”

Posted March 1, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  JACK THE GIANT SLAYER:  Watch It At Home – No Giants Here It’s been a dozen years since moviegoers took up residence in Middle Earth with the opening of the first Lord of the Rings film, and since the multi-billion dollar success of that franchise, Hollywood has refused to let us leave.  Apart from […]

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TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW: “Gravity”

Posted September 8, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  It’s not really a surprise to see Alfonso Cuaron join James Cameron, Martin Scorsese and Ridley Scott in that small group of film artists who have made 3D part of the essential toolbox of their imagery (no, Baz Luhrmann and Guillermo del Toro don’t make the list, although Michael Bay might).  Cuaron is a […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “A Good Day To Die Hard”

Posted February 13, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD:  Not Even For Free – Yippee-Ki-Boo As part of its promotion campaign for the new A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, 20th Century Fox is holding a day-long series of Die Hard marathons around the country, culminating in the opening night screening of the latest chapter in the […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “The Amazing Spider-Man”

Posted July 3, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN:  Watch It At Home – Not So Amazing   Part of the unwritten suspension of disbelief deal we have with the movie studios is that although we know they’re going to constantly tell us new versions of the same old stories for as long as we’ll buy tickets, they won’t abuse […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE: Mini-Reviews

Posted January 30, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  Sundance is sometimes thrilling, but it can also be an ordeal.  Especially when the films are good, but not great.  And even more so if you arrive with limited tickets, and are left to the tender mercies of the Wait List lines (which, given Sundance’s idiosyncratic approach to Wait Lists, requires standing on each […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Film Review: “The Fault In Our Stars”

Posted June 6, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  THE FAULT IN OUR STARS:  Worth A Ticket – John Green’s Beloved Book Is Well Treated By the Screen It’s almost impossible to describe the plot of John Green’s YA novel THE FAULT IN OUR STARS without making it sounding precious and shamelessly sentimental.  Erich Segal’s Love Story, the giant hit and instant self-parody […]

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