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The Age of Adaline Review: Is pretty enough to save a romance movie?

    Cinema Siren-The Age of Adaline review:  the counter programming to Avengers: The Age of Ultron. So much pretty and so little real substance. Thank goddess for the older actors. And who greenlit that narration? Watch it now! [cinemasiren] Want to see just how pretty they are?  Here’s the trailer… For those who want to …

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Clouds of Sils Maria film review: Kristen Stewart & Juliette Binoche-powerful women on film

  Want an awesome indie supporting women? Kristen Stewart won a Best Supporting Actress Cesar Award for Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche and costarring Chloe Moretz. Cinema Siren reviews this character drama about the passage of time, aging, manipulation, and accepting yourself, which for once features great roles for women. Find out if …

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Treasures of the Silver Screen: Hallowed Mothers of Hollywoodland

For Mother’s Day, a myriad of movie reviewers rank the top ten mothers in movie with Joan Crawford from Mommy Dearest and Sarah Conner from The Terminator making the lists. Given the holiday is meant to celebrate the best qualities of motherhood, I thought perhaps an idealistic look a bit further backward might be a …

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‘The Hobbit’: An Only Sometimes Unexpected Cinematic Journey

December 15, 2012 This holiday, with the expected blockbuster franchise The Hobbit (it has already broken records for midnight release of a movie more than two-and-a-half hours long) Santa brings a very mixed bag. First, let’s talk about the coal-worthy aspects of the An Unexpected Journey. Unless you are a slave to technology, spend most of your days playing …

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Five Movies with Oscar Buzz

December 8, 2012 December is Oscar time. Filmmakers need to get their movies under the wire so they’ll be in contention for this year’s awards. Consequently this month is a weird mix of crowd-pleasing mediocrity and painfully long masterpieces that mix horribly with a need for fluff. But what is a movie lover to do? …

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Top 10 Christmas Cartoons of All Time

December 1, 2012   Last year I offered my top 10 Christmas cartoons for the first time. As an animation art gallery owner of 25 years, and an animation historian, I have been studying and enjoying them a long time. What an uproar I caused! I got a veritable avalanche of emails about the cartoons …

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‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Offers Optimism During the Holiday Season

Saturday, November 24, 2012 Cinema Siren knows mental illness. Who doesn’t? Like me, most of you probably have friends or family who struggle with the challenges of bipolar disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder on a daily basis. What makes Silver Linings Playbook so endearing and what will make it so enduring as a new fan …

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