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“Bad Words”: Jason Bateman Brings Bad Boy in his Directorial Debut

03/24/2014 You love Jason Bateman. Of course you do. His talent, laid back demeanor, and nice guy image in Hollywood has meant a rare staying power for a man who has been in and around Hollywood since he was a 10 year old kid on Little House On The Prairie. From the film Dodgeball to …

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‘The Family’ Trailer and Review: Bloody Funny Besson

September 14, 2013 Based on Tonino Benacquista’s novel “Malavita”, opinions on this strange little dark comedy — which marks a comedic departure for famed French action director Luc Besson — will likely be rigidly parked in one or the other of two camps. Plenty in what we will call “Camp Nous Detestons” will see it …

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“Potted Potter”: Magical Family Fun Onstage

September 6, 2013 The fandom borne from the Harry Potter books and films has become a thing of literary legend. From the beginning, J.K. Rowling’s literary wizard world has inspired creativity in almost all corners of the artistic world: Movie series production designer Stuart Craig, book cover artists Mary Grandpre and Kazu Kibuishi? Check. Harry …

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March Movie Madness: The Call, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Stoker, Upside Down

March 15, 2013 I’m sitting outside the Verizon Center, once again fighting for parking this week with the sports fans next door to my screening movie theatre. It reminds me, even when it matters, sometimes the winning team is a fluke, sometimes it’s well deserved… As Cinema Siren is meant to “guide you through a …

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MEN IN BLACK 3: Rick Baker, Josh Brolin Help Create the Best of the Franchise

Friday, May 25, 2012 If you’re like me, you may have pondered, “Why, 10 years after an MIB sequel that stunk up the theatre like Edgar the Bug’s rotting human skin, are they releasing another sequel? How can it possibly be worth seeing?” Well, you ask, is it? Oh yeah! Definitely the best of the …

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21 Jump Street: A Surprisingly Funny New Take on an Old Address

Friday, March 16, 2012 We reviewers are supposed to stay objective. However, I went into 21 Jump Street, which I expected to be a derivative soulless pile of cliches, with little hope of enjoying the next 109 minutes. To my surprise it turned out to be the big hulking anatomical joke-spewing genuine bromance-building raunchcom that …

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New Year’s Eve: Sleep Through It…

Saturday, December 10, 2011 First off, don’t we all have enough of a challenge making New Year’s Eve a holiday we actually enjoy? Well meaning Director Gary Marshall’s latest holiday offering, while clearly attempting to get us into the spirit of hope and optimism, falls so short it feels like a cinematic hangover without the …

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