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

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

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

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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.

Cast of “Big Little Lies” Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

The cast of “The Shape of Water” poses in the press room during The 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

Grae Drake Senior Editor of Rotten Tomatoes and her ‘Caviar’ purse. On the Red Carpet, Critics Choice Awards 2018.

Sarah Knight Adamson with her date for the evening her husband Bill Adamson…on his birthday. Critics Choice Awards 2018.

Continue Reading Critics Choice Article on Roger Ebert.com Women Rock the 23rd Critics Choice Awards by Sarah Knight Adamson

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The Commuter ★★ (PG-13) Radio Podcast and Transcript🎙

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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (R) ★★★

Annette Bening as Gloria Grahame and Jamie Bell as Peter Turner Photo by Susie Allnutt, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Brilliant Acting Jolts Life into this Lack Luster Script

With a setting of 1979 through 1981, in England, NY, and L.A., this slice-of-life film is an eye opener into the world of an aging female star, her young lover, and the choices she makes when faced with a life-threatening disease.

Annette Bening fans will rejoice when they view the ultra-talented actress as Gloria Grahame, the Academy Award winning 40s and 50s black and white film star known for her roles as the sultry temptress. Grahame, similar in alluring looks and mannerisms—especially her little girl whisper voice—to Marilyn Monroe, gives Bening a role of a lifetime. She is the reason to see the film.

Gloria Grahame film star of the 40s and 50s

Jamie Bell of Billy Elliot (2000) fame gives a riveting performance as Peter Turner, the aspiring Liverpool actor that is much younger (28 years younger, to be exact) than Grahame, whom he falls madly in love with. The film is based on Turner’s popular memoir of the same name that was published in 1986.

Beginning in a Liverpool boarding house, an aging Grahame is trying to find acting work that would be denied her in the States, especially Hollywood. She sees her cute neighbor and strikes up a whispery/breathy conversation. Grahame: “You’re the next door guy, right?” Turner: “That makes you the girl next door.” Grahame: “I need a partner for my dance class; if you come into my room and hustle with me, I’ll make you a drink.” Turner: “If you fix me a drink, I’ll clean your bathroom.”

Next, we are treated to a montage of Saturday Night Fever songs while viewing Turner’s Billy Elliot moves ending with John Travolta’s classic splits. It’s a fun, energetic scene with plenty of flirting, setting the tone perfectly for their romantic connection.

We learn of Grahame’s life through snippets, which are too thin to gain the full story. Here’s the scoop on her career: she earned a memorable scene as Violet in It’s a Wonderful Life (1944), starred in In a Lonely Place (1950) with Humphrey Bogart, Sudden Fear (1952) together with Joan Crawford, and finally with The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) being her claim to fame by winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. When Technicolor replaced the silver screen, Grahame’s career took a nosedive. She had a bad reputation for being difficult to work with, she unnecessarily altered her looks through plastic surgery, and possibly the worst blow to her career was the disclosure by husband number two Nicholas Ray, that she and her stepson Anthony Ray were intimate when he was only thirteen years old. Although Grahame did marry Anthony ten years later, making him husband number four. A troubled past, that’s for sure. Read more…

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Olivia Munn to Host 2018 Critics Choice Awards

Olivia Munn to host 2018 Critics Choice Awards on Thurs. Jan. 11, 2018. CW Network

OLIVIA MUNN TO HOST THE 23RD ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

January 3rd, 2018

OLIVIA MUNN TO HOST THE 23RD ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

GALA EVENT WILL AIR LIVE ON THE CW NETWORK THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 2018
FROM THE BARKER HANGAR IN SANTA MONICA 

(Los Angeles, CA – January 3, 2018) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced today that actor, author, and activist Olivia Munn will host the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.  The winners will be revealed live at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala on Thursday, January 11, 2018, which will be broadcast from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on The CW Network at 8PM ET (delayed PT).  

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Olivia hosting this year’s ceremony, and know that she will deliver an entertaining and sharp-witted evening to everyone in the room, and the viewers at home,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin. “Beyond her skills as an actress, Olivia’s work as an activist within the industry gives her a powerful voice, making her the perfect candidate to lead this night honoring the best and brightest in film and television.”

Olivia Munn is an actor, author and activist and will next be seen on film, as the lead in the action-thriller Hummingbird and starring in Shane Black’s The Predator opposite Keegan-Michael Key and Sterling K. Brown.  She will also appear in Buddy Games, Josh Duhamel’s directing debut and recently finished shooting the second season of the History Channel’s SIX. Among her most recent movies are The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Office Christmas Party and X-Men: Apocalypse. Munn’s television credits include Aaron Sorkin’s HBO political drama The Newsroom, and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Read more…

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Phantom Thread (R) ★★★

“Phantom Thread” stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps and Lesley Manville. Photo Credit: Focus Features.

Daniel Day-Lewis’s Final Curtain Call

Daniel Day-Lewis is generally considered the greatest actor of his generation and some consider Paul Thomas Anderson to be the greatest director of his generation. When these two collaborated ten years ago, it resulted in There Will Be Blood (2007), a brutal film about a vicious oil tycoon that earned a best actor Oscar and wide critical praise. Ten years later, the pair have reunited for Phantom Thread, a film about an English dressmaker at an elite fashion house in post-war London. Based on the premises alone, it would appear that their two collaborations seem completely unrelated; however both focus on intense men who are obsessed with success and struggle outside of their professional lives. Phantom Thread probably won’t attract the same audiences as previous Daniel Day-Lewis films due to the subject matter and methodical pace of the story, but the film is visually stunning, masterfully acted and allegedly the last chance to see a legendary actor in action.

The story is set in 1950s London within the world of high fashion and centers on Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln, 2012), a master dressmaker for extremely wealthy clientele. Reynolds has just completed his latest dress, and after the final fitting with his delighted patron, he joins his older sister and business partner, Cyril, (Leslie Manville, (Rupture, 2016) for dinner. Cyril, who appears cold and emotionless much of the time, senses lingering anxiety in her brother and suggests he escape to the country to unwind from his latest project.  Reynolds agrees and zips out to the countryside in his sporty car that night. The next morning he stops at a local restaurant for breakfast and sees a young waitress Alma (Vicky Krieps) who transfixes him. After a hilariously elaborate breakfast order and some light banter, the two agree to a dinner date that night. While at dinner, Reynolds and Alma talk about their families and he explains what he does for his living. Afterwards, he invites her to his home where he shows her his craft and creates a beautiful dress for her. Although he warns Alma that he is a “confirmed bachelor,” Alma returns back to London with him to be his new model and ultimately his new muse. Read more…

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