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Their Finest: See This Fine Female-fueled World War II Indie Dramedy

It’s always great to hear we will be treated to a movie co-starring Bill Nighy. He joins star Gemma Arterton and co-star Sam Claflin in a charming, bittersweet dramedy opening in arthouses this weekend called Their Finest, about a woman living in World War II London who takes a job as screenwriter for a propaganda feature film …

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The Fate of the Furious: Box Office Fate Already Sealed, Reviewing it Anyway.

This has the potential to be most superfluous review I’ll write this year. Those who are excited for the next installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise, called The Fate of the Furious, or F8 for short, will see the film regardless of what critics say.  Although I love action flicks, I don’t care …

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GIFTED Review: Chris Evans brings charisma to this cliched yet cathartic indie

I already know how most critics are going to receive the new indie film GIFTED.  They’ll say it plays on your emotions. Yes, this story about a child math prodigy that gets caught in a custody battle between her loving uncle and grandmother is definitely awash in sentimentality.  It also has its share of cliches.  …

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The Zookeeper’s Wife: An Inspiring, Timely Story of Holocaust Rescuers

Coming this weekend is a movie whose subject matter, which is based on a true story, will be compelling to many compassionate, loving people. The film The Zookeeper’s Wife asks, “What would you do? Would you risk your life every single day to rescue total strangers?” For Antonina and Dr. Jan Zabinska, who ran the …

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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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