Leslie Combemale

Leslie Combemale
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Leslie Combemale, who writes about women in film and artists behind the scenes and below the line at http://cinemasiren.com/, is a movie lover and aficionado who aspires to get more people back into the beautiful alternate worlds offered in dark movie houses across the country. She has also been the owner of ArtInsights Gallery of Film and Contemporary Art (https://artinsights.com/) for over twenty five years, promoting artists who are the unsung heroes essential to the finished look of films and their campaigns. She interviews actors, directors, and production artists from all over the world, and writes about film for sites like AWFJ.org, thecredits.org, http://www.animationscoop.com and likeabossgirls.com, and is often invited to present at conventions such as the San Diego Comic-Con, where she has been a panelist and host for The Art of the Hollywood Movie Poster, Classic Film History, Disney & Harry Potter Fandom discussions, and now produces a panel at SDCC called "Women Rocking Hollywood", in its third year.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 No Score Yet Saudi Women's Driving School (2019) The documentary, which got unprecedented access to film inside Saudi Arabia, shows not only the women thrilled to be finally driving, but also female activists still trapped in jail. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2.5/5 38% The Addams Family (2019) Pervasive deadpan humor must be partnered with swift editing and a strong script that moves swiftly along. There are lots of good jokes, but they are expected to keep the audience entertained without the use of enough contrast. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 85% Downton Abbey (2019) The film feels like its only raison d'etre is to tie all the storylines and character arcs into big, flouncy bows, of the kind one sees on the back of a bejeweled 20s-era frock. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Tattoo Uprising (2019) Tattoo Uprising offers a look into the recent past with a young Ed Hardy, and a wizened Stoney St. Clair, and auteur Werner Herzog in tat-displaying mode. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
5/5 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) When Issa Lopez's Tigers Are Not Afraid is not busy scaring you, it's breaking your heart. Social activism meets horror meets coming-of-age in this intense, gorgeously shot film. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 98% Love, Antosha (2019) Love, Antosha is a worthy document of one person's very full but all-too-short life, and a reminder for us all to leave behind people who speak of us with love and reverence. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) Are you willing to countenance brazen, joyful sentimentality in the form of impromptu Springsteen street-singing? We might all benefit from this celebration of optimism right now. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3.5/5 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Whedon delivers an uneven, if entertaining second installment that, like many superheroes, has both great strengths and hidden weaknesses. - Cinema Siren (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 56% The Age of Adaline (2015) The audience is certainly offered plenty of beautiful bone structure featured in languid close-ups of the two leads, along with jewel-like, memorable moments of acting prowess from the older actors. - Cinema Siren (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
5/5 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Arty, gorgeous, exciting, compelling, and poignant all at once. - Cinema Siren (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) This is no doubt what Brad Bird set out to do: inspire viewers. And the film is fun. - Cinema Siren (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
2/5 20% Aloha (2015) There is an undeniable charm to some of the scenes of this movie, but few movie lovers will be offering it "warm aloha". - Cinema Siren (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
4.5/5 33% Entourage (2015) It teases just enough Hollywood decadence, shows enough of the destructive force to artistic creativity and vision represented by the mercurial moneyed power trippers, to remind norms we might not want the movie star life. - Cinema Siren (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 72% Jurassic World (2015) There are still enough moments of excitement and wonder to inspire audiences to take the dino-bait and commit to seeing Jurassic World through to the end. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
5/5 81% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) The spectacularly poignant ending, complete with growth, insight, and truth, will rip you apart and just as rebuild you. - Cinema Siren (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) Well voiced, multi-layered, fearless, gorgeous, and inventive. - Cinema Siren (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 56% Focus (2015) You could do worse than sitting still for the solid entertainment and frothy brain twists in Focus. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
2/5 32% Chappie (2015) Chappie needs one and all to leave practicality, a desire for authentic social statements, and distaste for over-the-top story and character at home. If you can't do that, stay home yourself. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
5/5 85% Cinderella (2015) Branagh takes the reigns as director, but the aforementioned technical film professionals chosen for Cinderella represent some of the best artists working in the world today, in any genre. - Cinema Siren (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
2/5 28% Insurgent (2015) Maybe we are all getting Dystopia Fatigue, but I need more to care about if i'm going to wade into this level of despair. - Cinema Siren (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
5/5 100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) Gorgeously straightforward yet emotional. - Cinema Siren (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
4/5 92% Ex Machina (2015) The film Ex Machina comes not a moment too soon. - Cinema Siren (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 77% Danny Collins (2015) A movie with genuine heart. - Cinema Siren (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
4/5 81% Furious 7 (2015) Convoluted as the story is, the way they say goodbye to Paul was well done and really very poignant. - Cinema Siren (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
4.5/5 90% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) Assayas has built a beautiful character driven drama of depth and resonance all centered around the interactions between three women with well-developed complex rules. - Cinema Siren (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
5/5 99% Selma (2014) As director, DuVernay employs a style of storytelling... that makes it possible for audiences to find the film engrossing, entertaining, and educational. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 80% Black Sea (2015) While not breaking new ground cinematically, ultimately this is a good yarn, a tense two hour potential catharsis. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 27% Jupiter Ascending (2015) Expect the need to stifle the occasional misplaced giggle. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) Kingsman deserves audiences as enthusiastic as those involved in making the film. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
1/5 24% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) There is little more critical than to say a third of the film had people laughing at dialogue, and the other two thirds wiggling in their seats, not from discomfort or innervation, but from boredom. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
38% Odd Thomas (2014) Yelchin's performance and the plot as a whole, as well as the mix of romance and quirky comedy horror makes the story interesting to follow and the ending hard to predict. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
42% The Horde (La Horde) (2009) It has excitement and character development mixed with the appropriate amount of gore. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
64% The Serpent and the Rainbow (1987) A mix of horror and psychological thriller, we become enmeshed in Pullman's struggle, and as things get worse for him, the audience stays invested and hopeful he will overcome the horrors surrounding him. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
97% Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) (1922) One of the best and most beautiful horror classics. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
94% The Cat and the Canary (1927) All the expressive faces and pauses you'd expect from the silent era, but you can see the inspiration for later films that used the style and production design from this delightfully spooky, occasionally funny and well-plotted feature. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
86% Black Sunday (1960) Rose the bar for all directors of the horror genre. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
95% The Fly (1958) A must for all monster movie fans. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) Gyllenhaal's Lou Bloom may not have visible fangs, but he'd give any movie monster an authentic run for their money. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.5/5 41% Horns (2014) If you yearn for a horror film trying to offer something new, Horns will certainly keep your interest. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4.5/5 72% Interstellar (2014) Christopher Nolan more than deserves however much money the studios are willing to keep giving him to make these brainy beautiful blockbusters. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/5 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) The Theory of Everything is an interesting story about a genius, but it will be the performances by the Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones that will stay with you. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 69% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) Director Francis Lawrence gets to the meat of what all The Hunger Games are about in Mockingjay part 1. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.5/5 73% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) Penguins of Madagascar is a passably entertaining time at the multiplex, with inspired moments offered by the four lead penguins. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4.5/5 89% Wild (2014) Thanks for pulling a movie like this together, Reese. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4.5/5 89% The Imitation Game (2014) It is watchable and entertaining but more importantly it's a movie that reveals to the world a man who's achievements many more should celebrate. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) The casting has always seemed perfect, but we see how adeptly Freeman finds authentic resolve in the mannerisms and quirks we've come to expect as he has inhabited his character. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
71% Into the Woods (2014) It is also necessary to give props to the amazing music and congratulate all the actors who took on very complicated songs and made them their own. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) The actors clearly know how to fit into this graphic noir world, and are a great reason to see this quasi-sequel. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 66% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014) The writing and the acting, in combination, carry truth to a rarely represented experience in life into the darkness of a movie theater. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/5 77% The Boxtrolls (2014) While in terms of story, this isn't the best fare offered up by Laika... It is still a rewarding visual experience, is charming enough to keep the attention of their fans, and represents yet more creative advancement. - Cinema Siren EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019