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Cinema Siren Movie Review Vault

Cinema Siren is proud to have been a nationally syndicated film critic since all the way back in 2011, and as my tagline says, to guide film lovers through a sea of celluloid.

Here for your interest and amusement, and as a guide for moviegoing, or video on demand, or purchase, are links to most of the reviews and articles going back 4 years, all in one place. I omitted some of the yearly examinations, Oscar insights, and things along those lines, but there are lots of great movies to read about here, along with a few awful ones..(Getaway and Sex in the City 2, I’m looking at you)

At the best and most functional times, I’ve gotten lots of comments and emails from what I started calling my “Sirenauts”, most notably Noah. That movie alone threatened to make my mailbox crumble under the virtual weight. Godzilla, Rio 2, and Gravity seemed to elicit everything from deep feelings of appreciation to hot heated hate. It also seems to depend on where the review is read how it is received.

What makes movies so wonderful, is there’s something for everyone. There are several things, if you’ve never read my work, to remember about Cinema Siren; all my reviews are always spoiler-free, and I do look for the best in even the worst movies. Even in a film that gets one out of five stars, there are members of the production, from caterer to grip to co-star, that genuinely hope for greatness and do their best.

To be a great critic, one must not only see past one’s own taste, but think of the audience. One must have enough skill and talent to point out the assets of a film with panache, and its faults without vitriol or cruelty.

That is Cinema Siren’s objective. My aim is to get movie lovers out for that unique cinematic experience that can only be felt at the movies. A dark theater creates that temporary community of passengers transported briefly together into another world. Unlike the sirens of mythology, I mean to guide you safely through that sea of celluloid.

Now…. go find a new favorite film!

LESLIE COMBEMALE

aka Cinema Siren

 

CINEMA SIREN’S FILM REVIEW CATALOG:

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Indie Spotlight: Calvary

Guardians of the Galaxy

Indie Spotlight: Boyhood

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Siren Special Report: Top 10 Movie Posters by John Alvin

Transformers: The Age of Extinction

Solstice Cinema: 10 Nature Documentaries on Netflix

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Edge of Tomorrow

Indie Spotlight: Filth

Maleficent

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Godzilla

Indie Spotlight: Locke

Treasures of the Silver Screen: Hallowed Mothers of Hollywoodland

The Amazing Spiderman 2

The Other Woman & Brick Mansions

Transcendence

Rio 2

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Noah

Muppets Most Wanted

Grand Budapest Hotel

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Pompeii

Hollywood Valentine: Lifelong Hollywood Couples and their Classic Movies

The Lego Movie

Cinema Siren presents the Top 10 Optimistic Films

Music at the Movies: Cinema Siren’s Top 10 Scores of 2013

August Osage County

American Hustle

Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Frozen

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Book Thief

Thor: The Dark World

Ender’s Game

12 Years A Slave

Indie Spotlight: We Are What We Are

Cinema Siren’s Top Ten Horror Movie Heroines

Gravity

Prisoners

The Family

Getaway review, and Cinema Siren’s Top 10 Car Chases in Film

The World’s End

Lee Daniel’s The Butler

Indie Spotlight: The Spectacular Now

The Wolverine

Pacific Rim

Despicable Me 2

White House Down

Much Ado About Nothing, Monsters U, & World War Z reviews

Man of Steel

Now You See Me

Epic

Star Trek: Into Darkness

The Great Gatsby

Iron Man 3

Oblivion

Indie Spotlight: Trance

Cinema Siren’s Top 10 Movies about Spring

The Croods

The Call, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Stoker, Upside Down reviews

Oz The Great and Powerful

Jack The Giant Killer

Scoring Romance: The Best Soundtrack Scores for Love and Romance

Shakespeare on Film: Top 5 Films of all Time

Warm Bodies

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Mama and The Last Stand reviews

Zero Dark Thirty

Django Unchained

Les Miserables

The Hobbit

Top 10 Christmas Cartoons of All Time

Silver Linings Playbook

Skyfall

Cinema Siren’s Top 10 Zombie Movies You’ve Never Seen

Argo

Frankenweenie

Looper

Lawless

ParaNorman

Hope Springs

The Amazing Spiderman

Snow White and the Huntsman

Men in Black 3

Battleship

Dark Shadows

Cabin In the Woods

10 Documentaries That Changed the World for Children

Mirror, Mirror

The Hunger Games

21 Jump Street

John Carter

The Secret World of Arrietty

Cinema Siren presents Alternate Valentine’s Movies

The Woman in Black

Cinema Siren presents Movies for the New Year: 10 New Beginnings

The Adventures of Tintin

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Sherlock: Game of Shadows and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Hugo, The Muppets, & Arthur Christmas Reviews

Dysfunctional Family Holiday Movies

Twilight: Breaking Dawn

J Edgar

Chuck Jones’ 100th Birthday: Top Ten Characters created by the animator

Puss In Boots

Cinema Siren presents: Top 10 Halloween Cartoons of All Time

The Thing 2011

The Ides of March

Real Steel

Indie Spotlight: Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil

Moneyball

Indie Spotlight: Drive

Contagion

The Help

Cinema Siren presents: Quirky Comedies from Across the Pond