Sunday, May 19, 2013
Film is rated PG-13.
Boy, this is going to be one short review. This movie has more spoilers than the 1967 Enterprise had Tribbles…and in the interest of full disclosure, this is written by the Cinema Siren who owns chairs from the Voyager show, can list the original episodes in order of appearance, has a T-shirt with a quote in Klingon, and a model of the Enterprise signed by all the original cast members. That is to say, fandom lives here. Any experience of watching the new release by director J. J. Abrams would naturally be filtered through a brain steeped in Star Trek knowledge and lore. That being said, there is, unlike some long-term fans, no automatic hate for anything new. To my mind, the cast, theme, and story lines of the reboot are very much in …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Plus, the Smithsonian is hosting a special panel on Star Trek's Continuing Relevance on Thursday.
Star Trek: Into Darkness now opens in theaters on Thursday, May 16, with midnight showings available in most markets at midnight Wednesday night. The highly anticipated sci-fi sequel opens in select IMAX theaters on May 15 for two "fan sneak" premieres at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will be hosting a panel discussion on Thursday: Star Trek's Continuing Relevance. The free event will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday in Gallery 113 in the D.C. museum. In a special IMAX promotion, audience members at the 8 p.m. showing May 15 will get a limited edition Star Trek Into Darkness print by artist Mark Englert. Take a look at the special Star Trek premiere giveaway at the IMAX blog. Several IMAX locations in the area …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The local event brings together four art galleries and over 60 local artists.
Occoquan celebrated Art on the Block today, and the four art galleries in town welcomed visitors with demonstrations, exhibits, receptions, and special drawings. Local art in Occoquan is diverse, and includes painting, photography, sculpture, wood carving, and fabric art. To learn more about art in Occoquan, visit one or all of the four art galleries: Art a La Carte, the Loft Gallery, the Artists' Undertaking Gallery, and Mill Street Studio, all of which are on Mill Street.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
PG-13 film in theaters this weekend.
Let's face it. Those of you who are interested in films of Iron Man's ilk and have waited through a year of Comic-Cons dressed like your favorite Marvel superhero, do not need Cinema Siren to tell you whether to head out this weekend to keep one of Hollywood's biggest studio franchises alive and Robert Downey Jr. out of the poorhouse. You already have your tickets. It is the souls who usually stay home with a glass of wine watching Downton Abbey, and occasion the multiplex only for the most hyped and well reviewed blockbusters they want to charm into theaters. With its mix of magnetic superstar power, exciting action and strong character development, Iron Man 3 has a good chance of making new Marvel fans and big dollars, making it the …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Come to the small town on May 11 for art from more than 60 local artists.
Four art galleries and more than 60 local artists will come together on May 11 for Occoquan's Art on the Block. Art a La Carte, Artists' Undertaking Gallery, The Loft Gallery, and Mill Street Studio will offer receptions at each gallery, art demonstrations, and special drawings. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. See our coverage of last spring's Art on the Block.
Top news of the week from our Patches around Virginia and DC.
Patch has 31 community sites in Virginia and D.C. Here are some of the top stories from around the region over the past week. 16. Mark Wahlberg Visits: Actor Mark Wahlberg visited T.C. Williams High School on Wednesday morning for an assembly presented by Get Schooled, a nonprofit that aims to engage high school students in an effort to improve graduation rates and empower more students to achieve in college. “I had to work really hard to get where I’m at,” Wahlberg said. “And I don’t mind working really hard to try and maintain it." 15. Runner Pledges 30 Races: Arlington resident Lauren Bailey is halfway through a personal challenge that has been daunting and exhilarating — running 30 races in one year, the year of her 30th birthday. …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Plus, Iguana models, cell towers in disguise, a Ladybug exodus and two birds ask, "Who cooks for you?"
Editor's Note: Patch has 31 sites in Virginia and D.C., and not a day goes by that something weird isn't happening somewhere in the area. Here's a look back at some weird goings on over the past week. Drivers at the Lake Ridge commuter lot near Interstate 95 saw more than the road crews and heavy machinery that have become standard commute scenery. Prince William County Police arrested a man April 19 when they found him dancing naked on the hood of his car. Without question, you should surrender to authorities when police have identified you as the suspect in a grand-larceny case. But we feel compelled to caution suspects about checking their pockets after a 27-year-old Annandale man turned himself in. Police in Falls Church say they …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Rated R for language, violence, nudity.
Director Danny Boyle, fresh off being dubbed a national hero for his triumph directing the Olympic ceremonies in London, took another big directorial risk with his new release Trance. It is a frenetic, haunting genre-bender that grabs hold of and keeps your attention from its first moments to its last with such force you'll feel like you're falling through Alice's rabbit hole after being hurled into it by two burly six-foot bunnies in kilts. This cinematic journey is one filled with confusion, illusions, violence and moral ambiguities, and not a head trip everyone will be willing to surrender to or appreciate. Much like the somewhat similarly convoluted Inception, it is a love it or hate it kind of flick. Whether it will be enjoyable for…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Admission to this family-friendly event is free and there is plenty of free parking is available at the Hylton Center.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The 3D enhancements make it worth seeing again on the big screen.
Once again we are at an old vs. new and purist vs. innovator crossroads. Why in the world would anyone go out to see Jurassic Park in the theatre for $12+ when they can snuggle at home and watch it on their own 40-inch HDTV? What could make this release worth the time of movie fans out there when my own Siren spouse couldn't be cajoled into seeing it with me at the multiplex? It all comes down to the experience. We haven't seen Jurassic Park in the movie theaters since its release in 1993. They could have rereleased it without the new bells and whistles and I'd have been halfway there. With all the mediocre new 3D releases depending on the new technology to fill the gap of good story, I really wanted to see one of the favorites of my…