Cinema Siren

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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Leslie Combemale Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound is in theaters right now, and deserves your money, and your undivided attention. Film lovers who seek it will be schooled, and love every minute of it. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Leslie Combemale People of compassion should seek out art offered from the perspective of those who can see the dangers of bigotry and hate because they've felt it first-hand. Also: Jojo Rabbit is an inventive, heartfelt, heartbreaking, very funny film. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
A Zootopia (2016) Leslie Combemale There's so much to see, and so many little touches, that those who fall in love with it upon first viewing, and there will be many, will likely come back over and over. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
C- Triple 9 (2016) Leslie Combemale When not accompanied by expository dialogue and good character development, it all becomes just so much noise and confusion. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
A- Eye in the Sky (2015) Leslie Combemale As entertaining and suspenseful as it may be, Eye In The Sky asks more questions than it answers, and that's a good thing. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
B Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015) Leslie Combemale What makes this film a delight, and frankly saves it from being just another oddball self-exploration flick, is both the way the character of Doris is written, and the spectacularly nuanced performance that Sally Field gives in the title role. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
B- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Leslie Combemale Exceedingly uneven, alternately exasperating and exhilarating, confounding and compelling. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
A Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Leslie Combemale It's so much deeper than the beer and bong water it's steeped in. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
B- Miles Ahead (2016) Leslie Combemale Cheadle embodies Davis in every way, down to his famously furtive and mercurial physicality, his lack of eye contact and his raspy voice. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
C The Squad (2015) Leslie Combemale The action is left needing to exist largely for itself... That doesn't negate the entertainment value of some impressive action set pieces, but it does remove most of the impetus to see it in addition to the first feature. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
A The Dark Horse (2014) Leslie Combemale The end result shows the best of what feature filmmaking can be. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
B- Keanu (2016) Leslie Combemale As a clever, kooky comedy with the expected touch of satire usually served up by its stars, Keanu is repeatedly watchable for the fans of Key and Peele, as well as fans of kittens everywhere. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
B+ Captain America: Civil War (2016) Leslie Combemale There is no shortage of darkness, death, and destruction in this film, but comedic touches offer welcome shifts in mood. In that, directors Anthony and Joe Russo create a nearly perfect balance. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
B Money Monster (2016) Leslie Combemale This is what a movie for adults looks like, folks. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
C Me Before You (2016) Leslie Combemale Through sheer force of charm alone, Claflin puts the audience into his moneyed and manicured corner, to wish him whatever happiness he and his chipper miss can muster. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
C- Now You See Me 2 (2016) Leslie Combemale A disappointment so pervasive that it leaves heads shaking at the end credits. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
B+ Finding Dory (2016) Leslie Combemale The dip back into the flow of some of Pixar's best work building a world has its rewards. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
B+ The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Leslie Combemale [The Secret Life of Pets] is all fun. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
A Life, Animated (2016) Leslie Combemale Life, Animated not only celebrates the art of 2-D animation, it also shows the value and importance of visual self expression for anyone searching or yearning for connectivity. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
B Ghostbusters (2016) Leslie Combemale Ghostbusters may not be a film for the ages, but it's definitely deserving of a thumbs up...maybe even a million of them. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
C- Jason Bourne (2016) Leslie Combemale It is passable, but nearly immediately forgettable. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
B- Suicide Squad (2016) Leslie Combemale Suicide Squad is great nihilistic fun. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
B+ Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Leslie Combemale Meryl Streep, in full "I choose what roles I want to play now, and I choose to entertain" mode, brings such sweetness and authenticity to her portrayal, that she elicits fierce loyalty for Florence with the audience. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
A Hell or High Water (2016) Leslie Combemale A great example of what happens when all the components of a film come together in cooperative fashion. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
A Floyd Norman: An Animated Life (2016) Leslie Combemale It's easy to find much to appreciate in the way Norman's life is presented without too much interference by the filmmakers. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 Southside With You (2016) Leslie Combemale It's the sort of happy ending that makes the story of their first steps towards each other all the more compelling to watch unfold. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
2.5/5 The Light Between Oceans (2016) Leslie Combemale While there's repeated heartbreak, The Light Between Oceans is not as tortuous as you might imagine. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
C+ Sully (2016) Leslie Combemale There is also the ever-impressive acting prowess of Hanks capturing spot-on the reticent real-life hero... Editing and tonal inconsistencies notwithstanding, if those aspects sound compelling, it might be worth the price of admission. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
B Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Leslie Combemale Those willing or wanting to suspend disbelief and enjoy watching an independent woman, however awkward, basically breeze through a 40-something pregnancy with two gorgeous, wealthy suitors in her wake, will enjoy the time spent immensely. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
B Queen of Katwe (2016) Leslie Combemale Both Nyong'o and Oyelowo are fully capable of bringing the intensity and authenticity to their roles representing inspiring real-life characters, and once again show why they are two of the top actors being hired today. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Leslie Combemale Burton has found a great home for his peculiar talents, and his fans should welcome it, and Miss Peregrine, with open arms. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/5 The Accountant (2016) Leslie Combemale Stay with it, give into it, and you'll find the numbers add up and it will reward you in the end. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
B Keeping Up With the Joneses (2016) Leslie Combemale Is it reinventing the espionage comedy? No. It is, however, fun and light, and has very pretty people being funny. Do we really need more than that in a date film right now? EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
5/5 Moonlight (2016) Leslie Combemale Barry Jenkins's screenplay and direction allows room for the entire cast to embody their roles and interact in very real ways. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
B Doctor Strange (2016) Leslie Combemale It's great fun to see where the filmmakers take Strange, and by extension, the audience, on his journey beyond our reality into magic. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
A Loving (2016) Leslie Combemale There is an intimacy in the portrayal of the Lovings, and an authenticity that carries through the film. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
B The Eagle Huntress (2016) Leslie Combemale The inspiring nature of both Aisholpan's hard work and her unflagging determination are authentic enough. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
A Arrival (2016) Leslie Combemale The single most compelling and notable aspect of the film is the unwavering intelligence and insight, and the nerviness and instinct of the female lead character. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
B+ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Leslie Combemale Everything is built to draw you in, enthrall, and connect you to the action. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
A The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Leslie Combemale The Edge of Seventeen promises to become, for many, a new favorite film. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
A Jackie (2016) Leslie Combemale Natalie Portman more than just embodies Jacqueline Kennedy. She makes her suffering palpable for the audience. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
B Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Leslie Combemale Overall, Gareth Edwards and his cast and crew have something about which to be very proud. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
A+ La La Land (2016) Leslie Combemale It's pretty miraculous how lush and flamboyant the movie feels from beginning to end, and it is absolutely a must-see in the theater. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
A- Silence (2016) Leslie Combemale Scorsese films are built to infiltrate your heart and mind. You may not want to see it again, but Silence is no exception. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
A Toni Erdmann (2016) Leslie Combemale Toni Erdmann is a great example of a film that should have been considered for more than just the foreign category at the Oscars. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
A- A United Kingdom (2016) Leslie Combemale David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike as Seretse and Ruth ably carry the film. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
B+ Kedi (2016) Leslie Combemale When you imagine mesmerizing online cat videos made classy and educational, then mashed up with a gorgeous geographic documentary on a historic city, you'll be ready to sit down and absorb this delightful film. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
A My Life as a Zucchini (2016) Leslie Combemale A beautiful, poignant, exquisite gift of a film. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
B+ Beauty and the Beast (2017) Leslie Combemale The actors are all perfectly cast. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
B Kong: Skull Island (2017) Leslie Combemale Overall, Kong: Skull Island is a worthy popcorn flick where you can easily cheer for both human and creature. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019