Reviews

Studio 54 The Documentary ★★★½

Party Like it’s 1977

Infamous by name, New York’s Studio 54, served as a glitzy yet, dingy playground for the rich and famous nightclub crowd. Why was it such an enigma? Why did it catapult … Read more

First Man (PG-13) ★★★½

Claire Foy’s Janet Armstrong Sparkles

There’s a saying from the past, “Behind every successful man there is a woman.” In “First Man” (PG-13) Director Damien Chazelle tells the true story of the United States space … Read more

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (PG) ★★★

Halloween Fun, Beware of Slappy

Here’s the sequel to “Goosebumps” (2015) both films are based on the children’s horror book series of the same name by R. L. Stine of which millions of young readers … Read more

A Star is Born (R) ★★★★

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are Magic

Undeniably, the new “A Star is Born” shines due to the realistic chemistry between Bradley Cooper (Jackson Maine) and Lady Gaga (Ally). Cooper’s directorial debut is a winner, … Read more

Jane Fonda in Five Acts ★★★½

A Heartfelt Journey That Will Not Be Putting on the Brakes Anytime Soon

Regardless of your feelings towards Jane Fonda on her controversial mistakes in Viet Nam in the 70s, this outstanding documentary sheds light … Read more

The House with the Clock in its Walls ★½ (PG)

Non Kid-Centered Movie, Billed for Kids

Here’s what’s truly infuriating—the fact that this beloved young-adult novel fell into the hands of the “Hostel” (torture porn) series horror-famed writer, director, producer Eli Roth. As a film, … Read more

A Simple Favor (R) ★★★½

Dry Martini’s in the Suburbs

Despite the ambiguous genre of this superb diabolical modern-suburbia film—that has themes of mystery, comedy, murder, romance, secrets, and betrayals—for sure it’s one of the best times I’ve had at … Read more

Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13)★★★½

A “Crazy Great” Movie

Director Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s book stands on its own, by adding key scenes, tweaking character’s roles while at the same time astonishingly bringing the over-the-top opulence to … Read more

BlacKkKlansman (R) ★★★★

One of the Years Best

Ron Stallworth’s memoir is retold with passion and admiration—aptly Lee’s finale reminds us of our current gut-wrenching racial tensions. Be prepared for a history lesson of shock and awe—it’s about … Read more

Christopher Robin (G) ★★★

A Visit With Warm Fuzzy Friends 

Oh bother, as Winnie the Pooh would say; this is not the live action over-the-top film kids and adults may expect; however, it is true to the laid-back nature … Read more

Mission Impossible: Fallout (PG-13) ★★★★

Intense Adrenaline Filled Ride

The “Mission Impossible” film series launched in 1996 produced by and starring Tom Cruise at age 33 brought Cruise’s action skills to the forefront. In “Fallout,” 2018, the sixth film in … Read more

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG-13) ★★★½

Mamma Mia, How Could We Ever Forget You?

Opening the musical Mamma Mia 2 in the middle of an unseasonably sweltering, summer, is brilliant marketing—especially if your vacation plans are late August as you’ll be … Read more

Interviews

On the Red Carpet with Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman by Patty Babin

Book Launch, “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told”

It was a special day in Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 2, when Michigan Avenue Magazine celebrated their October issue with cover stars, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. … Read more

Bradley Cooper Q&A “A Star is Born”

Bradley Cooper Gives His Perspectives on “A Star is Born”

Bradley Cooper and Oliver Platt were in Chicago, IL at the AMC River East Theater on the evening of September 17, 2018, to discuss the … Read more

Interview with Marc Turtletaub Director of Puzzle

MARC TURTLETAUB on PUZZLE, Kelly Macdonald and Women’s Roles — Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

As producer, Marc Turtletaub has been investing cash and cred in femme-centric feature films since 2004, standing behind award-winning films such … Read more

Shana Feste (Director, Writer) and Lewis MacDougall (Actor) in the film “Boundaries”

My interview with writer-director, Shana Feste and teen actor Lewis MacDougall was conducted via phone as I was ill with a bad cold, which was a shame as I prefer to meet talent face to … Read more

Bill Holderman and Erin Simms Interview “Book Club”

 

My interview for the movie Book Club, with director Bill Holderman and screenplay writer Erin Simms was held in a suite at the beautiful Park Hyatt Hotel in Chicago, May 11, 2018. It’s … Read more

Susan Walter Writer/Director Interview “All I Wish”

My interview with writer/director Susan Walter of the film, All I Wish, a romantic comedy starring Sharon Stone as a late forties single woman who hasn’t found her dream career or the love of … Read more

Film Festivals and Events

On the Red Carpet with Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman by Patty Babin

Book Launch, “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told”

It was a special day in Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 2, when Michigan Avenue Magazine celebrated their October issue with cover stars, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. … Read more

Interview with Marc Turtletaub Director of Puzzle

MARC TURTLETAUB on PUZZLE, Kelly Macdonald and Women’s Roles — Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

As producer, Marc Turtletaub has been investing cash and cred in femme-centric feature films since 2004, standing behind award-winning films such … Read more

Chicago Film Critics 6th Annual Film Festival May 4-10 2018 Music Box Theater

(Chicago, IL) — The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), (of which I’ve been a member since 2009), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism Film … Read more

Ebertfest (Roger Ebert’s) 20 Anniversary Film Festival, Critical Mass Panel, Stay Tuned…

Hi everyone, check back soon as I’ve been busy attending the Ebertfest Film Festival at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Il. In addition serving as a panel member of “Critical Mass: The Future of … Read more

23rd Critics Choice Awards 2018 Posted to RogerEbert.com

Women and a Child Actress Rocked the 23rd Critics Choice Awards

What a joy to attend the Critics Choice Awards on the heels of the women-driven Golden Globes Awards earlier in the week, as women … Read more

“BIG TIME” Architecture Documentary, Stars Bjarke Ingels ★★★★ by Kathrine LeBlanc

Star Architect Bjarke Ingels is Uniquely Changing City Skylines

BIG TIME, directed by Kaspar Astrup Schröder, is an inspirational documentary film that captures influential architect Bjarke Ingles through his journey of changing our built … Read more

Radio Podcasts

Smallfoot (PG) ★★ Radio Review

Too Many Sub-Plots for Kids 

Sadly, overly-stuffed “Smallfoot” invents modern fairy tale notions about Yeti’s, with mediocre animation, and songs without actually teaching anything of substance to kids.

Smallfoot is an animated children’s film by … Read more

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG-13) ★★★½

Mamma Mia, How Could We Ever Forget You?

Opening the musical Mamma Mia 2 in the middle of an unseasonably sweltering, summer, is brilliant marketing—especially if your vacation plans are late August as you’ll be … Read more

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (PG) ★½

A Few Tender Moments and Catchy Songs Can’t Save this Sinking Ship

As a relentless advocate for quality children’s films, the Hotel Transylvania animated series (2012, 2015) has never been high on my list—especially now … Read more

Ant-Man and The Wasp (PG-13) ★★★½

New Female Superhero “The Wasp” has Equal Star Billing

Paul Rudd is back in all of his goofy glory as dad (Scott Lang) also known as Ant-Man in the follow-up to Ant-Man (2015). Here’s the … Read more

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (PG-13) ★★★

The Dinosaurs Have Left the Island…They Could Now Be in Your Homes

If you’re expecting to hear the word “run” and view people with horrified (panic-stricken) expressions on their faces while desperately fleeing hungry meat-eating … Read more

Incredibles 2 (PG) ★★★★

Timely Messages of Marriage Equality and Female Empowerment

Pixar’s long awaited animated sequel to the Incredibles (2004) is a laugh-out-loud summer popcorn flick that guarantees to strike a chord with all family members. Not veering … Read more

Entertainment News

On the Red Carpet with Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman by Patty Babin

Book Launch, “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told”

It was a special day in Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 2, when Michigan Avenue Magazine celebrated their October issue with cover stars, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. … Read more

Bradley Cooper Q&A “A Star is Born”

Bradley Cooper Gives His Perspectives on “A Star is Born”

Bradley Cooper and Oliver Platt were in Chicago, IL at the AMC River East Theater on the evening of September 17, 2018, to discuss the … Read more

Interview with Marc Turtletaub Director of Puzzle

MARC TURTLETAUB on PUZZLE, Kelly Macdonald and Women’s Roles — Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

As producer, Marc Turtletaub has been investing cash and cred in femme-centric feature films since 2004, standing behind award-winning films such … Read more

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