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

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

Memphis Film Prize 2019- It’s a Wrap, a Juror’s View

It’s a Wrap: Memphis Film Prize 2019 August 2-4

The Memphis Film Prize is a uniquely creative showcase for emerging talent. Filmmakers from across the country submit their short film — between five and fifteen … Read more

TIFF Update: Joaquin Phoenix to Receive Tribute Actor Award

JOAQUIN PHOENIX TO RECEIVE TIFF TRIBUTE ACTOR AWARD AT INAUGURAL TRIBUTE GALA

TORONTO​ — Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, today announced that three-time Academy Award–nominatedactorJ​ oaquinPhoenix​willbehonouredwithoneoftwoT​ IFFTributeActorAwards​atthis year’s TIFF Tribute Gala awards … Read more

Toronto International Film Festival 2019 Documentary Lineup

TIFF 2019 DOCUMENTARY LINEUP INCLUDES WORLD PREMIERES OF THE CAVE,​ ​AND WE GO GREEN​, ​DADS,​ ​DESERT ONE,​ ​RED PENGUINS​, ​SING ME A SONG​, T​HE CAPOTE TAPES,​ AND ​BIKRAM: YOGI, GURU, PREDATOR

The 44th Toronto International … Read more

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (R) ★★★★ Radio Podcast

The film is a drama based on the true story of actor and former San Francisco resident Jimmy Fails. It’s about his dream of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of … Read more

“For Sama” Interviews with Directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts and Dr. Hamza al-Kateab

Directors Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts and Dr. Hamza al-Kateab Discuss the Making of “For Sama”

“For Sama” has been championed as, “One of the most important films you’ll ever see in your life.” At the … Read more

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (R) ★★★½

Quentin Tarantino’s Film is a 60s Soundtrack Cinematic Masterpiece

“Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.” is writer and director Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to Hollywood filmmaking in the late 60s, along with his intense love of … Read more

Looking Back on San Diego Comic Con 2019 by Erika S. Olson

Now that I’ve almost fully recovered from my 5 crazy days at San Diego Comic-Con, it’s time to recap some of the highlights.

For anyone unfamiliar with San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), it’s an annual pop-culture-centric … Read more

David Crosby: Remember My Name (R) ★★★

David Crosby Speaks from the Heart

Talk about up close and personal! David Crosby, the songwriter, singer, and guitar player of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young at 76 years old talks openly … Read more

“The Farewell” (PG) ★★★★ Radio Podcast

A Heartfelt Look at Culture and Family Traditions

“The Farewell is based on writer and director Lulu Wang’s profoundly personal experience. At the age of 6, she and her family left China & settled in … Read more

Mendocino Film Festival 2019: A Conversation with Claudia Puig—A Film Critic’s View as a Narrative Jury Member

Check out my Mendocino Film Festival 2019 Article on Rogerebert.com

Any successful Film Festival involves countless hours of planning, preparation, and networking; and I found the wide variety of films, special guests, panels, and events … Read more

Interview with Lulu Wang “The Farewell”

Lulu Wang screenwriter and director of “The Farewell” interview touches on her gratefulness to Roger and Chaz Ebert for being chosen for a Directing Fellowship, the qualities of a strong grandparent role model, and the Read more

Maiden ★★★★ (PG) Documentary (Radio Podcast)

First Female Crew to Sail Around the World–Courage at High Seas

“Maiden” is the true documentary story of Tracy Edwards, a skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World … Read more

“Toy Story 4” (PG) ★★★★

Bo Peep Turns Action Hero and A Spork Toy is a New Best Friend

Pixar takes its time to get the message right, and in this case, waiting nine years between “Toy Story 3” is … Read more

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I AM (PG-13) ★★★★

Toni Morrison is an inspiring person, she’s also uplifting and practical

She worked as a published writer, editor, teacher all while being a single mother. Morrison is presented as a model of strength and resolve; … Read more

Dacre Montgomery and Cary Elwes “Stranger Things 3” Interview

Stranger Things Season 3, Dacre Montgomery and Cary Elwes, Talk 4th of July 🇺🇸, Mullet Hairstyle, Lifeguarding, Sleazy Politicians, Dark Themes and More!

The 4th of July is traditionally celebrated with apple pie, BBQ’s and … Read more

Tracy Edwards Interview, “Maiden”

Tracy Edwards on the Making of “Maiden”

Director Alex Holmes, tells the inspirational tale of adventure on the dangerous high seas and deliberate prejudice on dry land of Tracy Edwards, the star of his new … Read more

“Framing John DeLorean” ★★★★ Special Screening Followed by Q&A

The Man, the Myth, the Legend

“Framing John DeLorean” is an exceptional across-the-board film that shows how a risk-taking addiction can lead to losing everything. The DeLorean historian authors, co-engineers and former employees all bring … Read more

“Being Frank” (R)★★★

 

Jim Gaffigan Plays a Dramatic Role, Although He’s Still Very Funny!

Jim Gaffigan stars as Frank who is living a lie, he has two separate families, that each don’t know about the other…until his … Read more

Miranda Bailey Interview, Director “Being Frank”

Miranda Bailey, talks about her childhood parent’s separation, being a female in the filmmaking business, her role models and more.

My interview with Miranda Bailey occurred in the beautiful Peninsula Hotel in Chicago, on June … Read more

Jim Gaffigan Interview “Being Frank”

Jim Gaffigan gets candid about his role in “Being Frank,” his college football days, his family vacations, doing standup in our ‘politically correct’ culture world, and more.

Jim Gaffigan, (Frank) and Logan Miller, (Phillip) play … Read more

Interview with Pro Big Wave Surfer Nathan Fletcher Staring in “Heavy Water”

Nathan Fletcher grew up in a surfing legacy family on the beaches of southern California; he had a dream of jumping from a helicopter with his surfboard onto a relatively large wave and riding that … Read more

Rocketman (R) ★★★½ Radio Podcast

“Rocketman” is a musical fantasy, of Elton John’s breakthrough years. Taron Egerton plays Elton with flamboyant style and exuberance. He also uses his own singing voice to take us down memory lane. The film gives … Read more

Booksmart (R) ★★★½

High School Female Honor Students Break Some Rules

Olivia Wilde’s directing debut is actually ‘smart,’ and savvy, and silly—just the right ingredients for a sure-fire comedic hit. The best friend duo, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and … Read more