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Step review: Director Amanda Lipitz’s Documentary Shows What Committed Community Can Do

New this week in limited release is a documentary from director/producer Amanda Lipitz called Step.  In a new all female charter school called Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, or BLSYW, the step team is influencing the members’ lives both on and off stage. The film follows these girls as they are empowered by their …

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Kathryn Bigelow’s DETROIT elicits equal parts rage and heartache

Director Kathryn Bigelow not only excels at leaning into difficult subjects from the recent past, she thrives on it.  With both The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, she knew she would be courting controversy by bringing to light aspects of the Iraqi War and the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and she did it …

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“Women Rocking Hollywood” Panel a Spectacular Success at San Diego Comic-Con 2017!

Women Rocking Hollywood 2017 was Victoria Mahoney, Aurora Guerrero, Tina Mabry, Rosemary Rodriguez, Angela Robinson, Gina Prince-Bythewood, and Kirsten Schaffer. All Hollywood Powerhouses!  Such graciousness and talent. It’s incredible to me that at SDCC, in an environment full of famous people and A-listers, I would not trade for anyone within a 5 mile radius, the female …

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SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Review- Welcome to the Web-slinging Breakfast Club

Who knew anyone would care to see yet another incarnation of the web slinger? Spider-Man has been rebooted repeatedly, and without much time between versions brought to the screen.  Somehow, though, the cinematic supergroup co-producing and distributing Spider-Man Homecoming, Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios, and Sony Pictures, have found a way to set our spider senses …

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“Maudie” film review and interview with director Aisling Walsh

If you are Canadian, and you love art, you’ve heard of Maude Lewis.  If you love a story of determination, creativity, and fearlessness, you’ll love “Maudie”, the story of her artistic life that has been brought to the big screen.  Helmed by longtime director Aisling Walsh, and starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke as Maud …

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PRIDE IS FOR EVERYONE: Cinema Siren talks Pride with Dustin Lance Black

PRIDE IS FOR EVERYONE: Cinema Siren says all people should celebrate, and Oscar-winning writer of Milk and LGBTQ activist Dustin Lance Black explains why. If you celebrate love, celebrate Pride. This weekend, and all month, Pride is happening in the LGBTQ community. Yes, there are parade floats and people marching.  There are scantily-clad folk in …

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CINEMA SIREN INTERVIEW: Director of Megan Leavey Gabriela Cowperthwaite talks about female directors, female soldiers, the freedom of documentaries, and the gift of animal loyalty.

CINEMA SIREN INTERVIEW: Director of Megan Leavey Gabriela Cowperthwaite talks about female directors, female soldiers,  the freedom of documentaries, and the gift of animal loyalty. Coming this weekend is a film based on the real-life experience of a female marine and her canine companion. Review is HERE.  I spoke to director Gabriela Cowperthwaite about her …

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Megan Leavey: A true-life story of love and heroism brought to film, directed by a woman

A powerful love story opens Friday, but it’s not a traditional romance or the usual Rom-Com fare. It’s the story of the love between a woman and her dog.  To be more specific, it’s the story of two war heroes who find the kind of love with each other that saves them both.  Megan Leavey …

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Good Grief: DEAN movie review and exclusive interview with writer/director Demetri Martin

No doubt you’ll need a movie to go see after you’ve seen Wonder Woman this weekend.  We have you covered.  Dean is an entertaining little independent movie written and directed by standup comedian, writer, and artist Demetri Martin. It features the drawings for which Martin has recently become known, delving in both the narrative, and the visuals via …

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