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Choosing life and choosing the present: Cinema Siren interviews T2 Trainspotting director Danny Boyle

CHOOSING LIFE AND CHOOSING THE PRESENT: CINEMA SIREN INTERVIEWS T2 TRAINSPOTTING DIRECTOR DANNY BOYLE Cinema Siren had the singular pleasure to interview Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle on the eve of the release of T2: Trainspotting. He talked about the importance of time, working with his amazing cast again after 20 years, updating the “Choose Life” …

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Kong: Skull Island Review-Could and Should Kong Win Big in the Mutants vs. Monsters Blockbuster Showdown?

  This week in blockbusters, it’s mutants vs. monsters. Logan is already breaking records, but here comes competition, with Legendary Entertainment and Warner Brothers offering the next big release of their new MonsterVerse. Kong: Skull Island is, like the lead mentioned in the title, a big, lumbering, but huge-hearted creature you can’t help but love. …

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Beauty and the Beast Review: An All Female-led Design Team Brings New Beauty

Anyone who is in love with the 1991 Disney animated feature Beauty and the Beast has been over the moon about the coming of a live-action version starring Hermione Granger herself, Emma Watson.  The fact that one of its producers, Don Hahn, also had that credit on the original lends some credibility in the “maintaining …

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My Life as a Zucchini (My Life as a Courgette) Review: These quirky French orphans rule

My Life as a Zucchini (My Life as a Courgette) Review: This year at the Oscars the animated features category offered some surprises.  Along with frontrunners Zootopia Moana and the under-seen Kubo and the Two Strings, lesser-known titles The Red Turtle and My Life as a Zucchini were also included.  The French-Swiss stop-motion coming-of-age film …

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KEDi Review: This documentary on the cats of Istanbul mesmerizes

In Istanbul, cats have been an essential part of the fabric of its communities for thousands of years.  There are hundreds of thousands of them roaming free in the city. The new film KEDi is from Turkish director/producer Ceyda Torun. She highlights these animals, and how they exist independently yet often choose to interact with …

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A United Kingdom Review: Female director Amma Asante brings us a love story of the brave real-life couple that changed a country

This weekend sees the release of A United Kingdom, the big screen dramatization based on Susan Williams’s nonfiction book Colour Bar, about Seretse and Ruth Khama. In the late 1940s, Khama, the Prince of Bechuanaland (now Batswana) married white English clerk Ruth Williams, and together they bravery faced the prejudice and fight against their union. …

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Greg MacGillivray Interview: Dreaming Big and the Importance of Diversity in Engineering a Better World

There’s something I find beautiful about Director Greg MacGillivray of MacGillivray Freeman Films. As memorial, he includes founding partner Jim Freeman, who was killed in a 1976 helicopter crash, as part of the company’s name. Speaking to him on the phone, you’d never know MacGillivray is 72 years old.  He has the kind of unfettered …

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New IMAX Film Dream Big: Engineering our World Inspires Girls to Engineer a Better World

Most of us have been to one of those museum IMAX movies: Think of To Fly, The Living Sea, and Everest. All those, and many more movies you saw on that field trip you’ll never forget, were made by director Greg MacGillivray of MacGillivray Freeman films. Now he’s got a new film, Dream Big: Engineering …

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