Sarah Knight Adamson is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and a voting member for the Critics Choice Awards for Movies.

Sarah Knight Adamson and Jessica Aymond are both Members of the Chicago Film Critics Association

Film Rating Code:

★★★★ Outstanding Film- Run, don’t walk to the nearest movie theater.

★★★½ Excellent Film- Highly recommend seeing the film in a movie theater.

★★★ Very Good Film- Recommend seeing the film in a movie theater.

★★½ Good Film- Wait for the DVD, the film is still worth viewing.

★★ Wait for the DVD and proceed with caution.

★½ Wait for the DVD the film has major problems in most areas.

★ Can’t recommend the film.

Hostiles (R) ★★½

Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Ben Foster,  and Jesse Plemons star in “Hostiles.” Photo credit: Entertainment Studios

Western Film Goes South

During the settling of this country, American Indians were often described as “savages” based on their fearsome reputation. While this connotation certainly struck fear in many, in reality, atrocities were committed by both sides in the battle for control of the United States. Truth be told, the tactics used by the U.S. were arguably worse and more effective. In the end, U.S. forces were too strong, and the Indian way of life was changed forever.

Although there have been a multitude of movies covering the settling of the west, American films did not have a respectable historical track record with its depiction of Native Americans. It was not until the 1990s with films like Dances with Wolves (1990) and Last of the Mohicans (1992) that mainstream movies really depicted Indians as anything more than bloodthirsty villains. The new western-drama, Hostiles, attempts to come to terms with the violent history between U.S. forces and the Indians. Unfortunately, even with noteworthy cinematography and an excellent A-list cast, the story fails to deliver a memorable experience and plods along at too many points. 

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“A Fantastic Woman” Foreign Film Documentary ★★★½

🎬This is a ‘Fantastic Film’ … stay tuned review will be posted soon!

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“In the Fade” Foreign Film Documentary ★★★

Diane Kruger gives a riveting performance. 🎬Stay Tuned Review posted soon!

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure (PG-13) ★★½

Fearless Teens Give Us—Running, Running, and More Running 

After 11 months of delayed production, due to lead actor Dylan O’Brien’s (Thomas) serious onset head injury, the finale brings the dystopian saga cast together again. Originally scheduled to be released February 2017, there’s been an overdue wait time. However, I applaud filmmakers for making sure their star was completely able to return to work all those typically long hours. What I find fault with isn’t the wait time; it’s the overstuffed script with drawn out scenes that are in dire need of editing. I’m sorry to say, one death scene with black blood and creepy purple popping veins went on so long that  you’re seriously wanting it to “just be over already.” 

An electrifying speeding train stunt bursts onscreen as the opening—and just like that—we are immersed back into the world of zombies, mad scientists, violence, comradery, torture, and heroes. Fans of the series will not be disappointed, especially if they’ve read the young adult books by James Dashner, as they will also have the advantage of knowing the back-story. If, in fact, one hasn’t seen the other two films, well, they’ll spend 143 minutes in their own maze of confusion and misunderstanding—good luck with that!

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12 Strong (R) ★★★ Radio Podcast and Transcript🎙

12 Strong Tagline: “19 men attacked our country. The 12 of you will be the first ones to fight back.”

Here’s a true American war drama by Warner Bros. that’s based on the book Horse Soldiers, written by Doug Stanton. It tells the story of CIA Officers and US Special forces that were sent to Afghanistan immediately after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Chris Hemsworth stars as Captain Mitch Nelson, along with Michael Shannon plays Chief Warrant Officer Hal Spencer, and Michel Pena is portrayed by soldier Sam Diller, bringing a dry sense of humor to the team.

We learn of the brotherhood of soldiers and their team; the brotherhood is at the base of everything, it’s one of the reasons they continue to do this—yes, to serve their country, but also that brotherhood. There’s nothing like that relationship.

Twelve-year Navy veteran Kenny Sheard, who also served in Afghanistan, appears in the film as the team’s senior medic, Bill Bennett. Bennett talked about the bond in the press notes, “That bond is very important because anything anyone does in the military, they know it’s a team effort. So it felt right to have that camaraderie be a major aspect of the story.”

The ensemble cast also included another real-life military veteran: Jack Kesy, who plays Charles Jones, he served in the United States Marines. He was actually just a few blocks from the World Trade Center when it fell, and served overseas in its aftermath.

When the team is sent to convince General Abdul Rashid Dostum, (Navid Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. Upon arrival, he informs them the only way to fight in the rugged terrain was to ride horses. All 12 soldiers fought against insurmountable odds.

Here’s a clip: Hemsworth speaking, “Every step we take will be on a mine field through a hundred different wars. Odds are we don’t all make it out alive. Shannon, “If we don’t take that city the world trade center is just the beginning.”

The director is Nicolai Fuglsig and the writer is Ted Tally and Peter Craig.  
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23rd Critics Choice Awards 2018 Posted to RogerEbert.com

Sarah Knight Adamson-Critics Choice Awards 2018

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 across the globe were inspired by Oprah’s Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech. The mood Thursday evening, January 11, 2018 was exciting to say the least. Everywhere you looked, women−whether celebrities or critics—were beaming. Yes, the room was euphoric in celebration, as finally our voices have been heard.

The accomplished Critics Choice Awards host for the evening, Olivia Munn, is an actor, author, and activist that kept the evening lively while maintaining a light touch with the pacing. Continue Reading on Roger Ebert.com Women Rock the 23rd Critics Choice Awards by Sarah Knight Adamson

A few photos of the Critics Choice Awards in sunny Santa Monica California.☀️

SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 11: Host Olivia Munn speaks onstage during The 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Olivia Munn

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (9315355cf)
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Critics’ Choice Awards, Show, Los Angeles, USA – 11 Jan 2018

Brooklynn Prince (7 years old) gives a heartfelt acceptance speech for Best Young Actor/Actress Award for her role in “The Florida Project.”

And the winner is…

Sarah Knight Adamson and Gary Oldman (Best Actor) “The Darkest Hour” Backstage at the Critics Choice Awards 2018.

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