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Can You Ever Forgive Me? Movie Review: Why You Must See This Fantastic Forgery Flick

By CinemaSiren | October 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to believe the story in the new release Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which is based writer Lee Israel’s memoir of the same name.  Starring Melissa McCarthy, it follows Israel’s experiences creating forgeries of letters by famous dead authors and playwrights, including Dorothy Parker, Noel Coward, and Katherine Hepburn. Director Marielle Heller’s film …

The Hate U Give Review: Starr Power

By CinemaSiren | October 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Opening in wider release this weekend is the film adaptation of The Hate U Give, the bestselling novel by Angie Thomas.  Director George Tillman Jr (Soul Food, Barbershop) brings to the screen the story of Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), who is the only eye-witness to the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at …

A Star is Born Review: 4th Time’s a Charm, but Just as Tragic

By CinemaSiren | October 3, 2018

There are some movies that have been done enough, or so I thought, when I heard actor Bradley Cooper had chosen to reinterpret the thrice-released A Star is Born.  Loving the actor and lead actress, the mega-star Lady Gaga, as well as co-star Sam Elliott (who proves for what must be the hundredth time he …

A SIMPLE FAVOR review: This Great Noir Throwback is Anything but Simple

By CinemaSiren | September 13, 2018

Sometimes a torrid thriller is just the thing, but they’re so rare these days. Do you miss Joan Crawford and Hope Lange and all those trashy melodramas of the 50s, even though you weren’t alive back then?  Me, too.  Thank the cinematic gods for director Paul Feig, who helms A Simple Favor, a film based …

I AM NOT A WITCH Review: Rungano Nyoni’s Directorial Debut is Heartbreaking and Gorgeous

By CinemaSiren | September 13, 2018

In limited release this weekend, but worth seeking out in your nearest arthouse theater, is I Am Not a Witch, the British submission for this year’s Oscars in the foreign film category. This multi-award winning directorial debut by Zambian-born Welsh writer-director Rungano Nyoni, through the collaboration with cinematographer David Gallego, uses the stunning backdrops of …