Captain Marvel (PG-13) ★★★

Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel Serves as a Role Model for Female Empowerment

“Captain Marvel” stars Brie Larson, Academy Award winner (“Room” 2015), as Carol Danvers, the first female superhero from Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films—yes; … Read more

Apollo 11 ★★★★

Brilliantly Realized, Stunningly Gorgeous “Apollo 11” Soars

“Apollo 11” is a visual delicacy to be savored long after the extensive credits roll—unlike most documentaries where talking head interviews and newspaper clippings are the main source—director/editor … Read more

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

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

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

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

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

Instant Family (PG-13) ★★★½

Heartwarming Tale of Finding a Family

If you’ve ever wondered how the foster care system works in America, the excellent film “Instant Family” provides an up close and personal snapshot from Sean Anders the co-writer … 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

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (PG) ★★½

Sadly, the Four Realms Lack Heart

The Christmas ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ is a popular worldwide event that’s become a tradition for families. For myself, my daughter performed in a local dance recital as a piece … Read more

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (R) ★★★★

Melissa McCarthy’s Career Best Performance

Based on the true story of New York’s best-selling author Lee Israel, Melissa McCarthy tackles a dramatic role giving one of the best performances of her career. Known for her … Read more

Bohemian Rhapsody (PG-13) ★★★

Rami Malek’s Performance is Epic

Any attempt to recreate the pure magic of the British rock and roll 70s band Queen—all depends upon casting the lead role of the eccentric, ultra-talented Freddie Mercury—in this case, … Read more

The Wife (R) ★★★½

Glen Close Gives the Performance of a Lifetime

The dramatic film, “The Wife,” conjures’ up a range of emotions: sympathy, disgust, shock, and ultimately validation. Beginning with a late night call from Sweden, an elderly … Read more

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

Studio 54 The Documentary (NR) ★★★½

Party Like it’s 1977

Infamous by name, New York’s Studio 54, served as a glitzy yet, dingy playground for the rich and famous nightclub crowd. Why was it such an enigma? Why did it catapult … 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

First Man (PG-13) ★★★½

Claire Foy’s Janet Armstrong Sparkles

There’s a saying from the past, “Behind every successful man there is a woman.” In “First Man” (PG-13) Director Damien Chazelle tells the true story of the United States space … Read more

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (PG) ★★★

Halloween Fun, Beware of Slappy

Here’s the sequel to “Goosebumps” (2015) both films are based on the children’s horror book series of the same name by R. L. Stine of which millions of young readers … Read more

A Star is Born (R) ★★★★

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are Magic

Undeniably, the new “A Star is Born” shines due to the realistic chemistry between Bradley Cooper (Jackson Maine) and Lady Gaga (Ally). Cooper’s directorial debut is a winner, … 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