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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “The Lincoln Lawyer”

Posted March 19, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  Worth a ticket.   It’s a little mysterious that Michael Connelly’s trim, twisty crime novels have so rarely hit the screen. Perhaps it was the tepid reception received by Blood Work in 2002, unfortunately one of Clint Eastwood’s more dismal films of the last decade. Or just the usual horror stories of movie industry […]

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THE SKED’S PILOT + 1 REVIEW: “The River”

Posted February 8, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> A lot can happen between the creation of a TV pilot in the spring and production of episodes for the regular season:  a writing/producing team is hired, audience focus groups weigh in, networks and studios (which may have had their own turnover in the off-season) give plenty of notes, both helpful and otherwise, and […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY FILM REVIEW: “Now You See Me”

Posted May 31, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  NOW YOU SEE ME:  Watch It At Home – Don’t Look Too Closely A summer action movie, like a magic act, is only as good as its final trick, and the one in the relatively low-budget NOW YOU SEE ME (which this season means something under $100M) is fairly entertaining–not impossible to foresee, if […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY FILM REVIEW: “Out Of the Furnace”

Posted December 6, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  OUT OF THE FURNACE:  Watch It At Home – Dark Thriller Is Less Weighty Than It Thinks A great deal of heart and effort has gone into OUT OF THE FURNACE, and it’s disappointing to see the film resolve itself into little more than a fairly routine revenge melodrama, even though director Scott Cooper […]

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Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “The Leftovers”

Posted June 5, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  There was a lot of attention paid to the amount of attention paid to the series finale of HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS, almost all of it because its co-creator was Damon Lindelof, and the last time he brought a series to its conclusion, it didn’t go so well.  But in many ways The Leftovers was […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Pilot + 1 Review: “Designated Survivor”

Posted September 29, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  DESIGNATED SURVIVOR:  Wednesday 10PM on ABC Previously… on DESIGNATED SURVIVOR:  When the US government gathers in a single location, one low-ranking official is kept apart in case of catastrophe.  Thus Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) is the only member of the administration left alive when a bomb destroys the […]

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THE SKED Season Premiere Review: “Raising Hope”

Posted November 16, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  RAISING HOPE:  Friday 9PM on FOX With series creator Greg Garcia spending his time these days (God help him) at his new The Millers, there’s been a change of regime at RAISING HOPE, which had its belated Season 4 debut tonight with back-to-back episodes.  The new showrunner is Mike Mariano, who’s been with the […]

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LIMITED RELEASE: “Henry’s Crime”

Posted April 19, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Watch It At Home:  Petty larceny. Sometimes casting can be too good:  Keanu Reeves playing a guy who pretty much sleepwalks through his own life is practically redundant.  His whole style, from the very start of his career in the Bill and Ted pictures (more than 20 years ago!), has been to lag a […]

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