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The Boxtrolls: Laika wins again…more with visuals, less with story

  Cinema Siren says: The Boxtrolls Brings Technical Advancements and Charming Characters to a Less Compelling Story What exactly is it about the English and cheese? From Monty Python to Wallace and Gromit to the novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow on which the new Laika feature The Boxtrolls is based, there is a decidedly …

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‘Frozen’: a Cinematic Wonderland

November 27, 2013 Sisters…Sisters…There were never such devoted sisters… This sentiment of Irving Berlin’s lyric from an older Christmas classic is what is at the heart of the new Disney movie being released just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Frozen, which is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s 1854 tale, “The Snow Queen”, gambles by …

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‘Despicable Me 2’: More Minions + More Gru = More Family Fun

July 2, 2013 As satisfaction at the movies goes, nothing makes Cinema Siren happier than a really great animated feature. After some mediocre offerings earlier in the year, finally this holiday weekend something really great arrives, and just in time for families looking for cinematic fun. The quirky heart of the original is kept intact, …

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Monsters U, Much Ado and Zombies Too! Cinema Siren reviews!

June 20, 2013 This weekend at the movies, there’s something for everyone, with a broad spectrum of subjects and targeted audiences in the offing. Zombies are bringing about the apocalypse in director Marc Forster’s World War Z, starring Brad Pitt. Monsters University is a new release by the magicians over at Pixar who seem able, …

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Tangled Up In New: Disney’s New Feature Braids Together Classical and Contemporary to Winning Effect

Saturday, November 27, 2010 The tale is old as time, as they say. Disney’s 50th full length feature is based on and originally named for the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, “Rapunzel”, which was first published in 1812. Their story was inspired by even older tales, including the french “Persinette”, published in 1698. The story is …

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