Sunday, January 13, 2013
Several Oscar-nominated movies still are playing in and around Alexandria.
You can still see several of the movies were nominated for Oscars on the big screen in and around Alexandria. Here are links to reviews and showtimes. Cinema Siren’s take on the 2013 Oscar nominations is below. You can see the trailers for the 'Best Picture' nominees in the media box to the right. Over at the Regal Kingstowne 16, these movies are playing this weekend (click on the movie name for Cinema Siren’s review of each): Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, The Hobbit and Zero Dark Thirty. Click here for showtimes. At the AMC Hoffman 22 on Eisenhower Ave. in Alexandria, these Oscar-nominated movies are playing this weekend: Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Lincoln, Skyfall, The Hobbit, …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Review of latest James Bond film.
In its 50th year, there is much at stake for the Bond franchise. So many great movies, producing such a cultural icon, they want to create a movie worthy of release in the anniversary year. Something mediocre or forgettable just wouldn't do (ahem, Moonraker, I'm talking to you…). They have their past and their future to think of. They don't want to be asking "Will Bond live to die another day?" By showing due respect to its pedigree, adding some exciting new elements, featuring a great script, acting, and production design, Skyfall rises to the top as one of this year's best films, Bond or otherwise. Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) helms the story wherein a madman (of course) winds up with the hard drive that reveals …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Time for a living dead history lesson.
So you say you love zombies. Maybe you routinely use the quote: "They're coming to get you, Barbara," and you've dressed up three years in a row for the local Zombie Walk. And yet…you've never heard of Lucio Fulci, the Italian director who made three of the best zombie movies ever. When I saw the new Angelika Mosaic Theatre featured an onscreen viewing of The Walking Dead season premiere, I figured it was time for a living dead history lesson. Welcome to the "School of Rot." For the first time in Cinema Siren column history, I asked a zombie expert, my friend Douglas E. Winter, to help pick 10 movies that are perhaps less known by late-coming fans of the undead, yet required viewing for any true zombiephile. Doug is the horror critic and …
Friday, July 13, 2012
San Diego Comic-Con opens with huge crowds, swag and high hopes.
SAN DIEGO—Whenever "What is Comic-Con?" floats out into the air, it shocks Cinema Siren into speechlessness. San Diego Comic-Con, (SDCC or just "Comic-Con" for those in the know), is the largest gathering for entertainment and pop culture in the world, and happens in San Diego every July at this time. It garners so much press coverage and we at ArtInsights have so many friends and colleagues whose livelihoods depend on a successful SDCC, it's hard for me to imagine anyone still in the dark about its existence. The geeks of the world know all about it. One certainly can't wander into an Apple Store, for example, and have any of the employees not give great sighs and groans when one informs them one is going to Comic-Con… So, as the 39th …
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Watching the Oscars? Join us in some local commentary on the fashion, the films and more.
Join area Patch columnists and editors as we chat about the Oscars. Who will hit the red carpet in style? Will the last in the Harry Potter series see some love from the Academy? Will the amazing Gary Oldman receive his first Oscar? Expect a bit of snark, a few jokes, some questioning of the Academy's choices, and more. Put on your finest and accompany us at 6 p.m. Sunday for some PatchChat 2012 Oscars fun. For a look at the films nominated, check out one of Siren's recent columns, OSCARS 2012: The Super Bowl of the Film Lovers Set.
Friday, February 24, 2012
POLL: Weigh in with your choices for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress; Academy Awards chat on Patch will start in time for red carpet coverage at 7 p.m. ET on ABC
Watching the Oscars Sunday night? Grab your popcorn and your laptop. Patch is rolling out the red carpet on Academy Awards night with a live blog that will start just before ABC's red carpet coverage at 7 p.m. This year's 84th annual Academy Awards, hosted by comedian and actor Billy Crystal, begins its broadcast on ABC at 8:30 p.m. "Oscars Red Carpet Live" will begin at 7 p.m. Patch columnists—movie critic Leslie Combemale and Fort Hunt Patch columnist Beth Jarvis—will co-host the live chat on Patch with an assist from Patch editors who also love the Oscars. Patch readers are encouraged to join in on their commentary of films, personalities and fashions. Both Combemale and Jarvis have been big fans of movies and the Academy Awards for …