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Rio 2: This Sequel Soars

April 11, 2014 The Brazilian director of the computer animated $484 million dollar blockbuster, Rio, Carlos Saldanha and Blue Sky Studios come together again for a sequel, bringing gorgeous color, highly detailed backgrounds, enhanced characterization and better songs to Rio 2, making it a far superior film than its predecessor. Also the director of several …

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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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The Secret World of Arrietty: Celebrating the Secret World

Friday, February 17, 2012 The Secret World of Arrietty, the latest offering from the wildly popular Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli, is being released in the U.S. in partnership with the Disney Company. First released in Japan on July 17, 2010, the North American version makes its debut on February 17. A tiny girl lives …

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Top 10 Christmas Cartoons of All Time

Saturday, December 3, 2011 If Cinema Siren’s alter ego Leslie Combemale knows about one thing, it’s animation. She’s been selling animation art and teaching about its history at her gallery ArtInsights, in Reston, for over 18 years, so she knows a little something about holiday cartoons.   Whittling down the best to a top 10 …

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More to be Thankful For! Hugo, The Muppets, and Arthur Christmas: Three Marvelous Movies!

Thursday, November 24, 2011 Cinema Siren has good news and great news for this holiday weekend. The good news is there are three wonderful new movies you can see this weekend. The great news is whatever your kids like, there will something in these three for them! Lately, you may have been thinking “do i …

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Chuck Jones’ 100th Birthday: Top 10 Characters Created by the Master Animator

  Monday, November 7, 2011 “The name ‘Chuck Jones,’ according to my uncle, limited my choice of profession to second baseman or cartoonist”…This is what Chuck Jones said about himself. We cartoon lovers are all supremely grateful for his choice of career! Now his fans and family are preparing to celebrate his centennial birthday with …

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Legend of the Guardians

LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: This hero’s quest offers both fight and flight… Friday, September 24, 2010 Shakespearean relationships, sweeping and fantastical scenery, archetypal characters embarking on a seemingly hopeless quest, epic battle scenes in a war of good against evil…all playing out with animated owls in 3D. Leave it to Zack Snyder, who for better …

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