Reviews

Alita: Battle Angel (PG-13) ★½

Ultra-Violent Movie, Lacks Heart and Target Audience 

No doubt, we have to talk about those creepy big eyes—from start to finish they are disconcerting—which is a shame, as Alita, the spunky female lead character doesn’t … Read more

What Men Want (R) ★★★ 

Taraji P. Henson Is Magnetic!

Fittingly, this modern-day tale of  ‘Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus’ mentality shines a spotlight on the male-dominated workplace and women’s struggles in general to even the playing … Read more

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Radio Podcast)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ★★★★

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, are the creative minds behind “The Lego Movie.” Boasting a brand-new visual style that’s the first of its kind. Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, is voiced … Read more

Our Staff’s Top Films of 2018

Sarah Knight Adamson’s Favorite and Top 28 Award Worthy Films of 2018

A Star is Born Black Panther Won’t You Be My Neighbor? BlacKkKlansman Can You Ever Forgive Me? The Favourite Green Book If Beale… Read more

The Favourite (R) ★★★½

Not Your Parent’s Period Drama

Every year it seems there are several costume dramas that feature aristocracy, romance and palace intrigue. The latest drama, The Favourite checks all of those boxes, but that is where … Read more

On the Basis of Sex (PG-13) ★★★

Entertaining & Influential

Justices on the Supreme Court do not often reach celebrity status or earn fun monikers, but that is not the case with Ruth Bader Ginsburg or “the Notorious RBG” as the media … Read more

Vice (R) ★★½

Vice Amuses and Confuses  

After a second plane crashed into the World Trade Center, Vice President Dick Cheney was whisked away to a secure bunker with other members of the National Security Council. After hearing … Read more

Mary Poppins Returns (PG) ★★★½

Hollywood 360 Radio Podcast aired December 22, 2018

Rob Marshall directs “Mary Poppins Returns” starring Emily Blunt in the sequel to the 1964 movie “Mary Poppins” that starred Julie Andrews.

It’s been over 30 years … Read more

Ben is Back (R) ★★★½

Julia Roberts at The Top of Her Game

Audiences are in for an extra dose of reality this holiday season with, Ben is Back. Starring the legendary Julia Roberts (Wonder, 2017) as Holly Burns … Read more

The Grinch (PG)★★★½

Hollywood 360 Radio Podcast aired December 1, 2018

“The Grinch” is an animated cartoon for kids and adults by Universal Pictures. The film is based on the Dr. Seuss book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” … Read more

Roma (R) ★★★★

An Emotional Portrait of Director Alfonso Cuarón’s Childhood, “Roma” is a Must-See Masterpiece

Inspired by his upbringing in 1970s Mexico City, Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men) created a cinematic … Read more

Green Book (PG-13) ★★★★

Both Heartbreaking and Heartwarming, Green Book Delivers Knockout Performances

One of the most tried-and-true movie formulas is the road movie: where the main characters set out on a trip that will change their perspective or … Read more

Interviews

Alfonso Cuarón on Mother Figures in Life and in “ROMA” Interview

Director and screenplay writer Alfonso Cuarón tells a very personal story of growing up in the 70s in Colonia Roma, Mexico. Roma a story of home, love, hope, courage, and change is female-focused, providing emotional, … Read more

Julian Day Interview, Costume Designer “Bohemian Rhapsody”

“Bohemian Rhapsody” Costume Designer Julian Day Replicates Freddy Mercury’s Iconic Style

Julian Day’s designs appear in Ron Howard’s “Rush” (2013), Oliver Hirschbiegel’s “Diana” (2013), (Princess Diana, biographical drama), and the soon to be released Elton … Read more

Sean Anders Interview, “Instant Family”

Director and co-writer Sean Anders new film “Instant Family” is based partially on him and his wife’s real-life experiences with foster care prior to the adoption of their three children who are biological siblings. The … Read more

Rachel Brosnahan Interview by Alexi Rabin

A marvelous evening it was, spent with Emmy, Golden Globe, and Critic’s Choice Award winner, Rachel Brosnahan, at The Highland Park Community House in Highland Park, IL.

“A Marvelous Evening with Mrs. Maisel,” a fundraiser … Read more

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

Film Festivals and Events

The Chicago 54th International Film Festival

Happy as Lazzaro and Ash Is Purest White Top Winners

The 54th Chicago International Film Festival hosted its Awards Ceremony at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St., on October 19, 2018. Jury members … Read more

Rachel Brosnahan Interview by Alexi Rabin

A marvelous evening it was, spent with Emmy, Golden Globe, and Critic’s Choice Award winner, Rachel Brosnahan, at The Highland Park Community House in Highland Park, IL.

“A Marvelous Evening with Mrs. Maisel,” a fundraiser … Read more

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

Radio Podcasts

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Radio Podcast)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ★★★★

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, are the creative minds behind “The Lego Movie.” Boasting a brand-new visual style that’s the first of its kind. Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, is voiced … Read more

Mary Poppins Returns (PG) ★★★½

Hollywood 360 Radio Podcast aired December 22, 2018

Rob Marshall directs “Mary Poppins Returns” starring Emily Blunt in the sequel to the 1964 movie “Mary Poppins” that starred Julie Andrews.

It’s been over 30 years … Read more

The Grinch (PG)★★★½

Hollywood 360 Radio Podcast aired December 1, 2018

“The Grinch” is an animated cartoon for kids and adults by Universal Pictures. The film is based on the Dr. Seuss book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” … Read more

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

Entertainment News

Alfonso Cuarón on Mother Figures in Life and in “ROMA” Interview

Director and screenplay writer Alfonso Cuarón tells a very personal story of growing up in the 70s in Colonia Roma, Mexico. Roma a story of home, love, hope, courage, and change is female-focused, providing emotional, … Read more

Our Staff’s Top Films of 2018

Sarah Knight Adamson’s Favorite and Top 28 Award Worthy Films of 2018

A Star is Born Black Panther Won’t You Be My Neighbor? BlacKkKlansman Can You Ever Forgive Me? The Favourite Green Book If Beale… Read more

Julian Day Interview, Costume Designer “Bohemian Rhapsody”

“Bohemian Rhapsody” Costume Designer Julian Day Replicates Freddy Mercury’s Iconic Style

Julian Day’s designs appear in Ron Howard’s “Rush” (2013), Oliver Hirschbiegel’s “Diana” (2013), (Princess Diana, biographical drama), and the soon to be released Elton … Read more

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