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The Rider: Art Exposing Life’s Heartache and Resilience

By CinemaSiren | April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Sometimes there are films that remind us how grateful we are that independent films are released.  With my focus being female filmmakers, that is the world in which I largely dwell, since so few movies put out by the studios are woman-directed. In fact, only 3% of studio films released in 2018 have a woman …

Lean On Pete Review: Elegiac, Heartbreaking, and Great

By CinemaSiren | April 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Lean on Pete is by acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years), and is based on the novel by Willy Vlautin. The story is centered on fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer), who is new to Portland, Oregon, having been brought by his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel). Ray’s life starts falling apart, but Charley’s starts looking up …

You Were Never Really Here Review: Joe Brings the Hammer, Artistry Should Bring Audiences

By CinemaSiren | April 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

It took six years from the success of We Need to Talk about Kevin to the release of writer/director Lynne Ramsay’s new film, You Were Never Really Here, which opens nationally this weekend. Based on a novella by writer and raconteur Jonathan Ames, the story is about Joe (Joaquin Pheonix), a veteran with PTSD, who tracks down and …

A Quiet Place Movie Review: Some Sweet and Seriously Scary Shhhhhhhhh**

By CinemaSiren | April 5, 2018

The new way, apparently, to break into Hollywood’s directors A-list, is to make a metaphoric tale dressed as a genre film.  John Krasinski helms the new horror release A Quiet Place, after trying his hand with several episodes of The Office, the show in which he starred, and the 2016 indie feature The Hollars.  He …

Blockers Movie Review: Finally! A Girl Power Prom Sex Com

By CinemaSiren | April 5, 2018

Imagine a world where men write a teen sex comedy, and consciously decide to hire a woman to direct it.  It’s hard, I know, since it’s not the norm, and only a handful of women have directed an R-rated comedy for a studio. Yet, that’s what’s happened with the new studio release Blockers, written by …