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JACKIE Movie Review: Portman is Perfection in a Pill Box Hat

By CinemaSiren | December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Most Americans can remember exactly what they were doing when the towers fell on 9/11.  It is the national tragedy that connects us all.  Before that, though, there was another day of communal sadness and shock in this country.  For people of a certain age, it’s the day that John F. Kennedy was killed. Everyone …

THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN review: Sweet Sharp-Edged Cinema

By CinemaSiren | November 17, 2016

If any of you people have more than five years in the rearview mirror of leaving yourself at seventeen behind, let me remind you.  It isn’t any kind of fun.  I mean, Janis Ian’s song says it all.  In case you’d like a refresher, this week’s release THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is ready and able …

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review: J.K. AND CREW CREATE LOVABLE BEASTS

By CinemaSiren | November 17, 2016

Fans of all things Harry Potter have been anxiously awaiting FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM since they announced Harry Potter series creator J.K. Rowling herself was writing the script. Her involvement automatically, and in all ways, makes this new film series canon. Fans already know a lot about the lead character Newt Scamander, …

Making Moana: An interview with the film’s Art Director of Characters Bill Schwab

By CinemaSiren | November 16, 2016

Disney’s new release, Moana, has been a long labor of love by the production team headed by directors Ron Clements and John Musker. The artistic braintrust behind The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Princess and the Frog brought together a group of passionate animators and artists to build the movie from the ground up. One of …

ARRIVAL Movie Review: Amy Adams Brings Home the Independent, Unwavering Spirit and Brainpower of All Women

By CinemaSiren | November 11, 2016

ARRIVAL is the science fiction film for people who avoid them because they see them as vapid, effects-driven, plot deficient time-drains.  Fans loyal to the genre will also embrace the film, which is about a linguist who is tasked with translating the language of recently landed aliens, in order to open inter-species communications.  Auteur director …