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SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival Reviews: “On Chesil Beach” & “Loveless”

Posted September 7, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  ON CHESIL BEACH (no distrib):  Ian McEwan’s longish novella/shortish novel has been adapted by McEwan himself into a fluid and extremely English film, the first feature directed by stage director Dominic Cooke.  The main action takes place during the honeymoon night of Florence (Saorirse Ronan) and Edward (Billy Howle) in 1962, with copious flashbacks […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Virtual Sundance Review: “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Posted February 1, 2021 by Mitch Salem

  JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH (Warners/HBO Max – February 12):  The title refers to the FBI informant Bill O’Neal (played here by LaKeith Stanfield) and the Illinois Black Panthers leader Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya).  Although Hampton was only 21 years old, he was so charismatic and successful–he had put together a local coalition that […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Room 237”

Posted January 25, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> I write this as a fairly obsessive fan of Stanley Kubrick, back since I desperately wanted to see A Clockwork Orange in its original X-rated release but was too young to get in. So the very idea of ROOM 237, a feature-length film by Rodney Ascher constructed of the theories and interpretations that have […]

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Toronto Film Festival Reviews: “Women Talking” & “Saint Omer”

Posted September 19, 2022 by Mitch Salem

  WOMEN TALKING (UA/MGM/Amazon – December 9):  In an insular Mennonite community, the woman have always believed what the men told them, that when they awake to discover evidence of sexual assault and thereafter sometimes pregnancy, those were the result of attacks by evil spirits and ghosts.  When the story of Women Talking begins, they’ve […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Bachelorette”

Posted January 24, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> Although Sundance still has several days to go, and surprises could spring up at any time (yesterday The Surrogate, a drama with John Hawkes as a man in an iron lung who decides to lose his virginity to a sex therapist played by Helen Hunt, came out of nowhere to win a huge $6M […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE REVIEW: “V/H/S”

Posted January 28, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  V/H/S, which screened as part of Sundance’s Park City At Midnight series, is a gimmick piled upon a gimmick. First is the horror anthology itself, familiar from the Twilight Zone movie and Rod Serling’s Night Gallery TV show, among many others.  In this case, half a dozen unrelated short films, each from a different […]

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ShowbuzzDaily Sundance 2022 Review: “My Old School”

Posted January 24, 2022 by Mitch Salem

  MY OLD SCHOOL (no distrib):  Although the story is apparently well-known in the UK, here the twisty tale that Jono McLeod unfurls in his documentary would constitute a spoiler, so we’ll leave things vague here.  This much is fair:  in the early 1990s, a 16-year old student named Brandon Lee arrived at a Glasgow […]

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Toronto Film Festival Reviews: “Hit Man,” “Daddio” & “Next Goal Wins”

Posted September 17, 2023 by Mitch Salem

  HIT MAN (no distrib):  A clever, funny, sexy entertainment from Richard Linklater and emerging star Glen Powell, who co-wrote the script with the director (both also produced), inspired by an already-wild true story.  Powell plays Gary Johnson, a philosophy teacher moonlighting as a consultant for a local Texas police department.  He’s supposed to be […]

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