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The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Review

By CinemaSiren | February 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

The early cynicism about capitalism and subsequent happy surprise that greeted  2014’s The LEGO Movie is gone. How can a sequel even begin to crack success of the first one? Enter The LEGO movie 2: The Second Part, blasting its hyper-colorized retina-burning images to the grateful masses. We are now in need of two hours …

To Dust Review: A Funny, Affecting Mix of Hasidic Jew, Harried Professor, Hog, & the Horror of Grief

By CinemaSiren | February 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

New indie release To Dust is equally strange, darkly funny, and insightful about the all-too-often mind-altering and devastating effects of grief. Filtered through a fable of sorts, it questions both the logistics of death and the inability to accept its reality and meaning by those left behind. Director and co-writer Shawn Snyder, raised a reform …

Touch Me Not Film Review: Flawed yet Moving Examination of Intimacy

By CinemaSiren | January 31, 2019

A curious art house film has infiltrated the specialty box office directed, written and edited by Romanian filmmaker Pintilie called Touch Me Not. It’s a fascinating if uneven movie about people venturing into a research project to get beyond their own fears and issues around intimacy. The personalities and experiences of the actors involved have …

Capernaum Movie Review: Indelible Indie on the Invisibility of Street Children

By CinemaSiren | January 24, 2019

Capernaum is one of the five films nominated for a foreign film Oscar this year, and has the distinction of having won the Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. This heartbreaking film is challenging viewing. Director and co-writer Nadine Labaki hired non-actors who had lives very close to those represented in the story, …

Rust Creek Review: An Escape Thriller With an Everywoman You Can Root For

By CinemaSiren | January 17, 2019

Director Jen McGowan’s Rust Creek, released in January both in theaters and on demand, is a compelling, exciting, and surprisingly unusual thriller.  Female moviegoers have had to learn to accept that they aren’t going to be represented three-dimensionally in a large percentage of films released. This is particularly true in thrillers, which are often made …

Cinema Siren Interviews on MPAA’s The Credits

By CinemaSiren | January 1, 2019

The Credits, an arm of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), is a group that facilitates in-depth analyses of what makes film-making great. By partnering with many great writers and interviewers, The Credits provides insightful glimpses into a myriad of subjects and figures within the film industry. As one of these interviewers, Leslie Combemale …

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