Cinema Siren

Leslie Combemale is Cinema Siren, here to guide film lovers through a sea of celluloid. Watch her video reviews, including exclusive access to actor and director interviews, on YouTube! (Cinema Siren on YouTube) Cinema Siren's reviews are published nationally on - just find your local Patch page and search keywords Cinema Siren. But to keep things easy, her reviews are also always posted right here on Check back with us regularly as there is always something new!

Cinema Siren’s Sundance Film Festival Special

Last Days In the Desert

January is a strange time in the world of movies, as it brings a mix of the very worst and best. Releases this month are either holdovers from the end of the year that pushed to be seen in New

Oscar Noms 2015: As White As Snow


Whitewashed anti-fem Oscars 2015 throws us back pre-millenium with their snubs of women and black filmmakers and artists. Read on to hear just how mad critics around the country art…

Cinema Siren’s Must See Indie Movies in 2015


What is an Indie?  The idea of just what constitutes an Independent movie has morphed quite a bit and continues to do so.  There was a time when Lionsgate was considered a true Indie distributor and production company, and some

Cinema Siren’s Top Ten Films of 2014


The year 2014, from my perspective, was the year when the writer/director ruled. Most of the movies on my top 10 list are by writer/directors, showing that filmmakers really wanted to craft a product from beginning to end that they can stand behind. These movies are all spectacular in their own way.

Selma Cinema Siren’s Movie Review


What makes Selma, the new release by producer/director Ava DuVernay, truly spectacular as a film, is the balance it finds between expansive traditional biography and a more intimate independent-minded personal film.

Into the Woods: Cinema Siren’s Movie Review

‘This dark delicious operetta is a perfect palate cleanse from a dysfunctional holiday.’ Be careful what you wish for. That’s the tagline for the new musical movie adaptation of Into the Woods. If you are yearning for a new musical

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies~Review


You know you’re a Tolkien geek when you spend a half hour with fellow critics arguing the relative merits and absolute worthiness of The Hobbit vsThe Lord of the Rings series by Peter Jackson. Cinema Siren’s position is: One needn’t

The Imitation Game: Terrific Film brings Deserved Attention to Turing

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Known as the father of theoretical computer science, during WW2 Turing was not someone who fought in the trenches, but he was no less a genuine war hero. Winston Churchill said that Alan Turing made the single biggest contribution to Allied victory in the war against Nazi Germany. Cumberbatch catches his essence perfectly in The Imitation Game…

2014 WAFCA Awards Winners ~ Cinema Siren’s Take


I try to avoid watching sports where the losers sit on the field looking dejected and bummed out.  I am aware of the fact that they worked like hell out there, and it seems unfair everyone can’t win…but that’s life. So

Wild for Reese Witherspoon

Maybe 2014 has been an ever-escalating, all positive journey of good things for a few of you, but for a lot of folks it’s been a tough and bumpy road. Particularly this year, these last few weeks of December are

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