Cinema Siren

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 All Is True (2018) Leslie Combemale Deeply rooted in a costume drama aesthetic and with the pacing to match, yet has enough plot twists to give BBC period piece-loving viewers whiplash. Also, Branagh, McKellen, & Dench! EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
4/5 Wine Country (2019) Leslie Combemale A funny, snarky, and thoroughly enjoyable cinematic trip worthy of a toast and an impromptu viewing party made from your own crew. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
4.5/5 Superpower Dogs (2019) Leslie Combemale Only happy tears might be shed watching Superpower Dogs. The whole movie is a celebration of the canine species, and highlights six four-legged heroes making the world a better place. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
The Chaperone (2018) Leslie Combemale The Chaperone is a delightful diversion for fans of period films, personal development, and women over 40 figuring out what they want and going about getting it. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Leslie Combemale Lupita Nyong'o's exquisite blend of nuance and scenery-chewing as Adelaide and Red deserves to be listed among the best horror performances ever. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 Mapplethorpe (2018) Leslie Combemale Matt Smith's portrayal of the mercurial, brooding genius is nearly as provocative as Robert Mapplethorpe's famous photograph 'Calla Lilly', elevating the film. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Leslie Combemale Along with champions of parity in film and strong female leads, fans of Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson, cat fanciers, and lovers of fun everywhere, you'll want to be there for it. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Leslie Combemale What a delight that the ending to these wonderful characters, even as it teaches everything must come to an end, offers charm and just the right dose of sweetness. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
4/5 To Dust (2018) Leslie Combemale To Dust is equally strange, darkly funny, and insightful about the all-too-often mind-altering and devastating effects of grief. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 Capernaum (2018) Leslie Combemale It's like Slumdog Millionaire, but without any of its optimism, and it's all the better for it. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
5/5 I Am Not a Witch (2017) Leslie Combemale In the debut of newcomer and previously untrained 9-year-old Maggie Mulubwa, the actress carries a sorrow that reads both weary and bone deep. She is compelling to watch and impossible to ignore. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 A Simple Favor (2018) Leslie Combemale A fluffy throwback to the B-movie thrillers of the 50s, with girls who are very good at being bad, plowing through a plot with more twists than a Wetzel's Pretzel. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
4.5/5 A Star Is Born (2018) Leslie Combemale A Star is Born proves Bradley Cooper has a future as a director, Lady Gaga can act, and that for a film that has been made over and over, the 4th time's a charm. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
5/5 The Hate U Give (2018) Leslie Combemale Breathtaking work by perennially underrated co-star Russell Hornsby, and a reaffirmation of Amandla Stenberg's worth as an A-list star, The Hate U Give works best in the ensemble pieces celebrating the close-knit family at the story's center. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
5/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Leslie Combemale Director Marielle Heller's latest brings out the best in both Melissa McCarthy and co-star Richard E. Grant in a story almost too bizarre to believe. It feels like a slow burn, but it's a stunner. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 Boy Erased (2018) Leslie Combemale Both as an emotional family drama as well as an education to those who know little about conversion therapy, Boy Erased succeeds. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 Green Book (2018) Leslie Combemale Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen play off each other with such attention and subtlety that they entirely avoid the cliches or sentimentality that might be the normal byproduct of many of their scenes as written. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 Widows (2018) Leslie Combemale Movie fans looking for a film celebrating women onscreen that doesn't use femininity, whatever that is, as a crutch, should flock to Widows. It fits the bill. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
2.5/5 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Leslie Combemale Audiences will likely find themselves losing connection to everyone but Newt, who is the only character given a solid arc. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a visually beautiful misstep. "Accio, better script!" EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
4.5/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Leslie Combemale What should be subtitled "Disney's Death Race 2000: When Friends Collide", it offers Disney flamboyance, self-deprecating humor, and the sort of pathos that may draw a tear or two from even the least sentimental viewer. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
2.5/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Leslie Combemale The camera work seems to be used as a metaphor for Van Gogh's descent into madness, visually expressing his manic states by jostling the camera to the point of causing motion sickness in the viewer. Willem Defoe, however, is in top form. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
3.5/5 Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) Leslie Combemale As a palate cleanse for the endless parade of Hallmark Christmas movies, Anna and the Apocalypse serves up a wacky diversion, but not without a little darkness and tragedy on the side. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
5/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Leslie Combemale Mary Poppins Returns is built around subjects carrying decidedly more weight than the 1964 film, tackling issues like grief, neglect, the damaging effects of loss on both children and adults. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 Rust Creek (2018) Leslie Combemale Watching Rust Creek, a realization dawns at how rare and refreshing it is to see a capable, strong everywoman portrayed in an escape thriller. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Leslie Combemale Barry Jenkins brings Baldwin's words to life beautifully, in this lyrical, moving film, one of the best of 2018, that proves the director is no one-hit-wonder. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018