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Nancy & Ocean’s 8 Movie Reviews: Women Rule these June Joints

Complicated, multi-dimensional female characters are rarely portrayed onscreen.  It is even less common to see one that leaves the audience conflicted.  Those making decisions in Hollywood think surprises in the form of complicated women can be bad for business.  The result is that the 51% of filmgoers, aka WOMEN, are mostly treated to some version …

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A Wrinkle in Time Movie Review: So Centered in Joy, Cynics Need Not Apply

Sparkle alert!  If you’ve seen any of the trailers for the highly-publicized cinematic rendering of Madeline L’Engle’s classic 1962 children’s novel A Wrinkle in Time, you know sparkle figures prominently. Director Ava DuVernay, who has the distinction of being the first women of color to direct of live action film with a budget over 100 …

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ANNIHILATION Film Review: Alien Paradise or Land of Confusion?

The movie Annihilation is a strange, gloriously ambiguous visual wonder. It is writer/director Alex Garland’s interpretation of Jeff VanderMeer’s Nebula-award-winning first novel in the Southern Reach Trilogy.  There are elements of the story that recall a wide variety of what has come before, from Predator, Sunshine (for which Garland was the screenwriter), Apocalypse Now, and …

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Call Me By Your Name Review: A Transcendent Tale of Two Men in Love

This weekend, Call Me By Your Name, the spellbinding meditation on coming-of-age as a gay young man in 80s rural Italy lands in art houses around the country.  It is a lyrical, mesmerizing, experience at the cinema that numbers among the best movies of the year. It is also one of the most moving portrayals …

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LIFE, ANIMATED Film Review: Life Affirming and Full of Love

Opening in wide release around the country is the highly anticipated feature documentary based on Pulitzer prize winner Ron Suskind’s book Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism. If you haven’t heard about this bestseller, it recounts the Suskind family’s experience with their younger son Owen’s autism, and their discovery of how to …

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Review – Super Showdown or Marvelous Mess?

transcript: Captain America Civil War opens too wide release this weekend. Have we finally reached superhero saturation or will civil War directors the Russo Brothers keep audiences Crazy and clamoring for more? Cinema Siren has the answer for you! Let me start with not so much a warning, as a tease. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR …

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Review & Interviews: DC Delight or Boy Blunder?

This weekend sees the highly anticipated release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. After all the initial fuss about casting, will audiences finally embrace Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman? Will the Man of Steel get the cinematic respect he so deserves? With some much pretty, and so much over-the-top Snyder-fied action, will it matter?

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ZOOTOPIA Review & Interviews: Mediocre or Mammalian Marvel?

  FULL TRANSCRIPT: The latest animated feature from Disney, ZOOTOPIA is releasing to theaters this weekend.  Will it, as Disney hopes, create a new set of obsessive fans and become a modern classic, or will it sink into the obscurity destined for Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR? There’s much in the current news about a decided …

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MISS YOU ALREADY Review and Exclusive Director Catherine Hardwicke Interview

  There’s no spinning this one.  It’s a cancer movie.  It’s a C.A.N.C.E.R. movie. Whether you’re a guy or a gal, if you watch MISS YOU ALREADY, you’re likely in for an impressive, cathartic cry.  But is that wrong?  With so many films about or involving cancer out there, it’s amazing there isn’t a wider diversity …

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