Reviews

The Gentlemen (R) ★★★

Guy Ritchie’s return to his signature British crime caper movies—provides Hugh Grant with a terrific role—while Charlie Hunnam shines in the spotlight. The addition of Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Jeremy Strong, and Henry Goulding creates … Read more

Dolittle (PG) ★

Unfortunately, “Dolittle” is a prime example of an ill-advised notion that a filmmaker, in this case writer/director Stephen Gaghan, known for his intensely violent films “Traffic,” and “Syriana,” can effectively cross over into the genre … Read more

Just Mercy (PG-13) ★★★½ Radio Podcast #FF919

Michael B. Jordan stars as Bryan Stevenson in a true story as a determined Alabama lawyer that decides to defend death row prisoners. The year is 1987, and Walter McMillian (Jamie Fox) is sentenced to … Read more

Bombshell (R) ★★★½ Radio Review H360

“Bombshell” by Lionsgate is based on the real events of the 2016 scandal at Fox News television station that lead to the downfall of the creator Roger Ailes.

“Bombshell” features a loaded cast: actress/producer Charlize … Read more

1917 (R) ★★★★

“1917”: A Heart-Pounding Tale of Valor

In 2011, the last living soldier who fought in the First World War died at the age of 110. With his death marked the last person who could personally … Read more

Jumanji: The Next Level (PG-13) ★★ H360 Radio Podcast

All the cast is back, in the sequel although this time Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black have new character changes when they return to Jumanji.

The addition of new cast members … Read more

Our Staff’s Best 20 Films of 2019

Sarah Knight Adamson’s Favorite & Top 20 Award Worthy Films of 2019 Starting with Best

*1. Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood *2. The Irishman 3. Bombshell 4. Marriage Story 5. Ford v FerrariRead more

Little Women (PG) ★★★★ Radio Review H630

“Little Women” is based on the classic  book by Louise Mae Alcott and produced  by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It’s an American coming-of-age period drama that’s written and directed by Greta Gerwig. It is the … Read more

Uncut Gems (R) ★★★

Adam Sander Is a Lovable Dirtbag in Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler has been regularly churning out comedic films since he first appeared in Billy Madison nearly 25 years ago. Silly comedies are what made Adam … Read more

Ford v Ferrari (PG-13) ★★★★ H360 Radio Podcast #TIFF

Thrilling Tale of Tenacity 

The film is based on the rivalry between the car manufacturers Ford and Ferrari in their pursuit to win the 24 hour Le Mans sports car race in 1966. I screened … Read more

Marriage Story (R) ★★★★ Radio Podcast #FilmFest919

“Marriage Story” is a comedy-drama film or dramadey written and directed by Noah Baumbach. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. We view an insightful and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and … Read more

Marriage Story (R) ★★★★ by Jessica DeLong

A story worth seeing

It’s been said, “from great pain comes great art,” and that can easily be said about Noah Baumbach’s latest direction of Marriage Story. Baumbach, who also wrote the film, based … Read more

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Interviews

Interview: Anthony McCarten “The Two Popes”

Anthony McCarten says, “Finding a Consensus and a Common Ground is the Real Message of The Two Popes

I spoke with Anthony McCarten screenwriter of “The Two Popes,” after a screening of the film … Read more

Tracy Letts Interview “Ford v Ferrari” and “Little Women” #TIFF

Letts chats about his Chicago theater roots, his writing process, his admiration of Greta Gerwig and his thoughts on why everyone should see “Ford v Ferrari” on the big screen.

Tracy Letts is a name … Read more

Susan Kelechi Watson Interview, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Susan Kelechi Watson is known for portraying the ‘calming, voice of reason wife’ of Sterling K. Brown in the Emmy winning television series “This Is Us” she plays a similar role in the heartwarming film, … Read more

“The Irishman” Interviews Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino

“The Irishman” Netflix Press Conference Beverly Hills, California

Broadcast film critics gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel for a luncheon followed by a press conference with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Al Pacino. When … Read more

Luke Wilson, Atom Egoyan, David Thewlis and Laysla De Oliveria Interviews #TIFF “Guest of Honour”

The Canadian film, “The Guest of Honour” director and cast, shot in Hamilton, Canada, sat down with me during the Toronto International Film Festival in a round table format at the lovely Coffee Oysters Champagne … Read more

Red Carpet Interview with Director Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard of “Dads” #TIFF

Director Bryce Dallas Howard and her dad, Ron Howard walked the Red Carpet and chatted with press about her directorial debut film, “Dads.”

Bryce Dallas Howard told the audience after an uproarious standing ovation preceding … Read more

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Film Festivals and Events

Critics’ Choice Awards Live on CW Network Sunday, January 12, 2020 7:00 ET

Eddie Murphy To Be Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards and Kristen Bell to Receive 4th Annual #SeeHer Award

Check out the gala event live on the CW network Sunday, Read more

Our Staff’s Best 20 Films of 2019

Sarah Knight Adamson’s Favorite & Top 20 Award Worthy Films of 2019 Starting with Best

*1. Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood *2. The Irishman 3. Bombshell 4. Marriage Story 5. Ford v FerrariRead more

Interview: Anthony McCarten “The Two Popes”

Anthony McCarten says, “Finding a Consensus and a Common Ground is the Real Message of The Two Popes

I spoke with Anthony McCarten screenwriter of “The Two Popes,” after a screening of the film … Read more

Tracy Letts Interview “Ford v Ferrari” and “Little Women” #TIFF

Letts chats about his Chicago theater roots, his writing process, his admiration of Greta Gerwig and his thoughts on why everyone should see “Ford v Ferrari” on the big screen.

Tracy Letts is a name … Read more

The Chicago Film Critics Association Announce 2019 Awards

“Parasite” and “Little Women” Tied—Each with Four Awards 

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) annual awards dinner held Dec. 14, 2019 gave bragging rights to “Parasite,” and “Little Women.” Director Bong Joon Ho of “Paradise” … Read more

Marriage Story (R) ★★★★ Radio Podcast #FilmFest919

“Marriage Story” is a comedy-drama film or dramadey written and directed by Noah Baumbach. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. We view an insightful and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and … Read more

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Radio Podcasts

Just Mercy (PG-13) ★★★½ Radio Podcast #FF919

Michael B. Jordan stars as Bryan Stevenson in a true story as a determined Alabama lawyer that decides to defend death row prisoners. The year is 1987, and Walter McMillian (Jamie Fox) is sentenced to … Read more

Bombshell (R) ★★★½ Radio Review H360

“Bombshell” by Lionsgate is based on the real events of the 2016 scandal at Fox News television station that lead to the downfall of the creator Roger Ailes.

“Bombshell” features a loaded cast: actress/producer Charlize … Read more

Jumanji: The Next Level (PG-13) ★★ H360 Radio Podcast

All the cast is back, in the sequel although this time Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black have new character changes when they return to Jumanji.

The addition of new cast members … Read more

Little Women (PG) ★★★★ Radio Review H630

“Little Women” is based on the classic  book by Louise Mae Alcott and produced  by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It’s an American coming-of-age period drama that’s written and directed by Greta Gerwig. It is the … Read more

Ford v Ferrari (PG-13) ★★★★ H360 Radio Podcast #TIFF

Thrilling Tale of Tenacity 

The film is based on the rivalry between the car manufacturers Ford and Ferrari in their pursuit to win the 24 hour Le Mans sports car race in 1966. I screened … Read more

Marriage Story (R) ★★★★ Radio Podcast #FilmFest919

“Marriage Story” is a comedy-drama film or dramadey written and directed by Noah Baumbach. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. We view an insightful and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and … Read more

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Entertainment News

Critics’ Choice Awards Live on CW Network Sunday, January 12, 2020 7:00 ET

Eddie Murphy To Be Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards and Kristen Bell to Receive 4th Annual #SeeHer Award

Check out the gala event live on the CW network Sunday, Read more

Tracy Letts Interview “Ford v Ferrari” and “Little Women” #TIFF

Letts chats about his Chicago theater roots, his writing process, his admiration of Greta Gerwig and his thoughts on why everyone should see “Ford v Ferrari” on the big screen.

Tracy Letts is a name … Read more

“The Irishman” Interviews Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino

“The Irishman” Netflix Press Conference Beverly Hills, California

Broadcast film critics gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel for a luncheon followed by a press conference with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Al Pacino. When … Read more

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