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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Silver Linings Playbook”

Posted November 16, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK:  Don’t Get Sold Out – A Rom-Com With Dance Moves All Its Own Anyone who doubts that Jennifer Lawrence is a real-thing, big-time movie star should get thee hence to a theater showing SILVER-LININGS PLAYBOOK, opening today in limited release and gradually spreading across the through through the holiday (and awards) […]

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TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW: “Third Person”

Posted September 11, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  There is a reason, or at least an argument, for why almost everything in Paul Haggis’s THIRD PERSON feels synthetic and contrived–but I can’t make it here, because doing so would expose the film’s purported surprises.  And I’m not sure it really matters anyway, since even though, after the fact, one might be able to “justify” […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival Review: “Being Charlie”

Posted September 14, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  Sadly, the phrase “BEING CHARLIE is Rob Reiner’s best film in years” doesn’t mean nearly as much as it once would have.  After a decade where he could do no wrong, he has, incredibly enough, been in the Hollywood wilderness for twenty years now, churning out flops like The Story of Us, Alex and […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival Reviews: “Destroyer” & “Climax”

Posted September 13, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  DESTROYER (Annapurna – Dec. 25):  Another fractured-time thriller, this one trickier than most, because the script by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi features a sort of time-loop within a loop.  All that structural fanciness aside, Destroyer is mostly a vehicle for Nicole Kidman’s aggressively deglamorized performance as an end-of-the-line LAPD detective named Erin Bell.  […]

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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: “The Woman In the Fifth”

Posted September 14, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Pawel Pawlikowski is a filmmaker whose name deserves to be better known: his films Last Resort and My Summer of Love are small but beautifully realized stories of intricate human emotion. His new picture The Woman In the Fifth, is in a somewhat different mode, edging toward genre, but it continues to display his […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO: “Writers”

Posted September 12, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  WRITERS is considered an “independent” movie because it was made without big-studio financing and because its stars (Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Kristen Bell) are familiar faces, but not at the level that sell tickets strictly on the basis of their names.  Beyond those business considerations, though, Josh Boone’s debut feature is as safe and predictable […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto 2014 Review: “St. Vincent”

Posted September 5, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  ST. VINCENT (Weinstein) – Opens October 24 – Worth A Ticket Bill Murray has perfected the persona of the grouchy, reluctant hero.  The image has even attached itself to him professionally:  although he’s not close to being even semi-retired (ST. VINCENT, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and opens next month, will be […]

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TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL Day 5 Capsule Reviews: “Jackie,” “Arrival,” “Loving,” “Blue Jay,” & “Black Mirror”

Posted September 12, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  JACKIE (Fox Searchlight – December 9):  The most impressive film of the festival thus far is director Pablo Larrain’s jewel-like examination of the realities and artifices behind our perceptions of history, viewed through the prism of Jackie Kennedy, who is played by Natalie Portman in a performance that goes beyond (brilliant) impersonation to deliver […]

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