Sarah Knight Adamson is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and a voting member for the Critics Choice Awards for Movies.

Sarah Knight Adamson and Jessica Aymond are both Members of the Chicago Film Critics Association

Film Rating Code:

★★★★ Outstanding Film- Run, don’t walk to the nearest movie theater.

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

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

★★½ Good Film- Wait for the DVD, the film is still worth viewing.

★★ Wait for the DVD and proceed with caution.

★½ Wait for the DVD the film has major problems in most areas.

★ Can’t recommend the film.

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The Glass Castle (R) ★★ Radio Podcast 🎙

From L to R: Naomi Watts as “Rose Mary Walls,” Woody Harrelson as “Rex Walls,” Chandler Head “Youngest Jeannette,” Iain Armitage as “Youngest Brian,” and Olivia Kate Rice as “Youngest Lori” in THE GLASS CASTLE. Photo by Jake Giles Netter.

🎬 Stay tuned Radio Podcast will air Saturday evening and Review will post after air date.🎙

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Atomic Blonde (R) ★★★ Radio Podcast 🎙

                         

Radio Podcast will be posted after the reviews airs this Saturday evening. Stay Tuned!🎙

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Dunkirk (R) ★★★★ Radio Podcast 🎙

Warner Bros. Pictures

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The Big Sick 😷 (R) ★★★★ Radio Podcast 🎙

Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan star in the romantic comedy ‘The Big Sick’ Photo: Amazon Studios

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War For the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) ★★★

‘War For the Planet of the Apes’ Caesar played by Andy Serkis (Motion Capture) Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

Humans bad (Unmerciful, Bullies, Stupid). Apes good (Peace-loving, Compassionate, Intelligent).

At its core, War for the Planet of the Apes is exceptional filmmaking; the “Gorilla in the room” is clearly the disappointing lopsided script and the uneven character choices. Don’t get me wrong; I thoroughly enjoyed and applauded the first two films in this recent trilogy, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The main problem with War is the ideology.

Yes, I know war is hell, but what happened to the humans here? Why don’t we see one single soldier show any sign of compassion for the apes? And yes, I also know there’s a mute, sweet, young doll-carrying little girl, but she’s in no position to symbolically help the apes. We can also surmise that she represents the last hope for humanity. I held out for hope. Hope that Gabriel Chavarria’s (Preacher) soldier character would step up to the plate. Nope, not a chance. Even though the apes spare his life, he offers no aid, not even a small nuance of humanity. Truly, this is a big mistake as the prior films show humans empathizing with the apes’ cause to the extent of some trying to work toward peace. Read more…

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13) ★★★ Radio Podcast 🎙

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13) ★★★

Spider-Man Comes Home to Queens, Spinning a Friendly Web

Spider-Man: Homecoming provides the new charming Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland) with his own feature film. However, it’s the sixth film in the series, and he’s the third actor to don the suit. The idea of an immature, untrained neighborhood Spider-Man, as in Holland’s, does bring a fresh look and feel to the franchise. In addition, Michael Keaton as the sinister villain ‘The Vulture” brings a sympathetic nudge toward an anti-hero. Let’s just say there’s enough brilliance to the film and its script to recommend seeing it in the theater.

Other cast in the film include a young, hot-looking Aunt May (Marisa Tomei); Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.); Jon Favreau as chauffeur/henchman Happy Hogan; Jacob Batalon, Peter Parker’s best high school friend; Laura Harrier as Liz, Parker’s love interest; Zendaya, Michelle, a member of the Academic Team and a fringe friend; and Tony Revolori, Flash (remember the lobby boy), as another member of the Academic Team who antagonizes Parker. The high school kids have a diverse assortment of personalities and backgrounds; they are a well-cast group. Odd in an action film, each is written with humor and enough depth to create a group of teens such as John Hughes’ Breakfast Club. The ensemble of a group of “good kids” creates   a strong model as they set an example of how high school students work hard to achieve success.

Marisa Tomei stars as Aunt May in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN™: HOMECOMING.

Tony Stark/Iron Man, who mentored Parker in the prior film, Captain America Civil War, takes a backseat in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which makes for a better-centered film. Parker continually is trying to coerce Stark into letting him fight crime in his slick Spider-Man suit, and at every turn, Stark is saying no way! What occurs is that Spider-Man does find a way to go at it alone, and thus we see his trials and tribulations. The approach works, and it is refreshing.

Spider-Man climbs the Washington Monument in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: ™: HOMECOMING.

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Despicable Me 3 (PG) ★★ Radio Podcast 🎙

Where Are the Minions? So Sad, Not Much Screen Time, Only Jail Time

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The film starts with an angry, downer tone. Both Gru and Lucy are fired by a weird woman that screams at them and kicks them both out of the company.

Soon Gru is reunited with his twin brother Dru, who wants to learn how to be a criminal. Together they ultimately go up against a wacky 80s villain named Balthazar Bratt. The minions are sent to jail and aren’t in the film with Gru for at least 50 minutes.

Is jail time an appropriate storyline for a kid’s movie? Especially if the prisoners are the beloved, yellow Twinkie-shaped fun-loving Minions; I don’t think so.

All voice cast is back as well as the director with the addition of two more directors.

Could the trouble actually be that three directors were involved with this remake, all with separate agendas? Who knows?

Voice Cast: Steve Carell (Gru / Dru), Kristen Wiig (Lucy), Trey Parker (Balthazar Bratt), Miranda Cosgrove (Margo), Julie Andrews (Gru’s Mom).
Credits: Directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda and Eric Guillon. Written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Run Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

My podcast review will be posted after the radio review on Hollywood 360 Radio Network airs. Stay tuned.

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Baby Driver (R) ★★★★ Radio Podcast 🎙

Baby (ANSEL ELGORT) charms Debora as she works in TriStar Pictures’ BABY DRIVER.

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Baby Driver (R) ★★★★

 

Adrenaline Rush From Start to Finish

Do fast film car-chase scenes like Bullit, The French Connection, Ronin, the Mad Maxx Series or the Fast and Furious series rate highly with you? If so, then here’s a film with not only incredible get-away chase scenes, but there’s a creative twist—music is the main source that assists in the driving. Baby Driver is an original—a musical car-chase film—with a good-hearted leading actor and the bonus of an old-fashioned sweet love story.

Baby (ANSEL ELGORT) helps Debora (LILY JAMES) do her laundry as they dance around each other and kiss in TriStar Pictures’ BABY DRIVER.

Here’s the great news: so far, it’s one of the best movies I’ve seen this year, and I will guarantee you’ll be on the edge of your seat for most of the film. I’ll resist writing the typical cliché “fasten your seat belt,” however — extra restraint may be needed to stay seated—the possibility of swerving side to side, toe-tapping, or even humming along while viewing “Baby” strategically driving at hyper speed to a pulsating playlist is virtually impossible for one to remain calm. Come to think of it, what would be perfect is one of those over-the-head metal pull-down bars on the Disney rides that locks you in because, at times, I did feel immersed in a wild ride simulation. The film is aptly realistic cinematically while choreographed to perfection. I loved it.

Baby (ANSEL ELGORT) charms Debora as she works in TriStar Pictures’ BABY DRIVER.

Baby (Ansel Elgort) is the self-given name of a musically talented young man who’s a getaway heist driver. He suffers from tinnitus, donning ear buds connected to an old-school iPod chock full of mixes that he created to help block out the constant ringing in his ears. It’s revealed that as a young child he was riding in the backseat when his parents were killed in a car crash, leaving him with the hearing condition. We also find out he’s been in and out of foster care and at times on his own since the age of ten. Currently, he lives with his deaf somewhat older foster dad, Joseph, played by the highly animated C. J. Jones, who is deaf both on screen and in real life. He communicates via sign language. Read more…

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Paris Can Wait (PG) ★★★ Radio Podcast 🎙

Diane Lane stars in “Paris Can Wait” Sony Classic Pictures

Diane Lane and Arnaud Viard. Sony Classic Pictures

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Eleanor Coppola, (Francis Ford Coppola’s wife) at age 81 makes her narrative directorial and screenwriting debut. The film stars Diane Lane as a Hollywood producer’s wife, who unexpectedly takes a road trip from Cannes to Paris. Her neglectful, movie producer husband, (Alec Baldwin) flies ahead as she drives with a business associate played by (Arnaud Viard). The seven-hour trip turns out to be a couple of days filled with amazing French food and wine. I enjoyed the slow pacing the stunning cinematography and the culinary delights. As one film critic has stated, “Gee I think I gained 10 pounds just by watching this movie!”

Diane Lane and Arnaud Viard. Sony Classic Pictures

Eleanor Coppola directs “Paris Can Wait”

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Transformers: The Last Knight (PG-13) ★ Radio Podcast 🎙

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Transformers: The Last Knight (PG-13) ★

Chaotic Mess, Do Not Take Kids

Aside from the typical scantily clad sexy female lead introduction in Transformer films, my viewing experience started with high hopes as main star Laura Haddock as Vivian Wembley is introduced as an esteemed working professor wearing glasses, a blouse, and a mid-length pencil skirt, with her hair pulled back in a “library bun” in the latest installment. Sadly, soon enough, that glimmer of hope changed as she magically leaves one scene in a black blouse and pants and is kidnapped, thrown into the trunk of a car, and shows up wearing an out-of-character tight-fitting, cleavage-bearing cocktail dress. When Cade, Mark Wahlberg, sees her new change of clothes, as a put-down, he says, “So you’re now wearing a stripper dress?” Yes, that’s an actual line in the movie. Not, “You’re wearing that?” Nope, let’s just call it out: “You’re wearing a stripper dress!”

Laura Haddock as Professor Vivian Wembley Photo Credit: On set

Laura Haddock and Bumblebee film Transformers in central London.  Credit: WENN.com

The framework for a Transformer film requires sexy shots of females, explosions, ear-piercing metal screeching sounds, blazing fire, a fragmented script, blatant product placement, and for those of you that haven’t seen all five films, believe it or not, the female lead—whether it be Megan Fox, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, or Laura Haddock— routinely has a scene with her long hair blowing in the wind. Of course, while reviewing the fifth film, you’d look for that. To my astonishment, about two hours into the film, the cheesy “hair blowing scene” does occur, but this time, not only does Haddock’s hair look like she’s being bombarded with several off-screen industrial fans and getting ready for takeoff as Sally Fields in the Flying Nun—I kid you not, Mark Wahlberg’s hair is also blowing in the same scene as they are standing awkwardly next to each other, gazing up to the heavens. All of these trademarks occur in The Last Knight with the addition of, as I call it, “location whiplash effect” as the film’s location changes at warp speed; I kept count of at least 15 different cities, planets, countries in the first hour before I just gave up.

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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Red Carpet Chicago Premiere by Alexi Rabin

Alexi Rabin, intern Sarah’s Backstage Pass selfie with Josh Duhamel. ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Red Carpet Premiere. Photo Credit: Alexi Rabin

On Tuesday, June 20, Chicago was transformed, literally. As I walked to work that morning, crew members were setting up a barge on the Chicago River. However, it wasn’t just a normal, freight-carrying barge. It was intentionally decked out with over-sized Transformers posters and inflated vehicles. It was difficult to ignore the extravagant Red Carpet that was being set up before my eyes for the premiere of Transformers: The Last Knight.

CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 20: A view of the US premiere of “Transformers: The Last Knight” at the Civic Opera House on June 20, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

Around 5:30 pm, the lucky fans with tickets to the premiere were lined up along Wacker Drive at the Civic Opera House. It was nearly impossible to walk down the sidewalk without running into a Transformers fan. Only ticketholders would be close enough to easily see the stars. For me, catching a glimpse of Josh Duhamel, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Bay, Anthony Hopkins, Isabela Moner, Laura Haddock, or Stanley Tucci would be just fine.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JUNE 20: (L-R) Mark Wahlberg, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Director and Executive Producer Michael Bay, Josh Duhamel, Santiago Cabrera and Isabela Moner attend the US Premiere of “Transformers: The Last Knight” at the Civic Opera House on June 20, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by George Burns for Paramount Pictures)

As the crowd finally filed inside the Civic Opera House, it became apparent where the stars might arrive. They had to make their way onto the barge somehow, and it was unlikely they were going to swim. The perimeter of the building was completely gated for the event.

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Wonder Woman (PG-13) ★★★★ Radio Review 🎙

Gal Gadot stars as “Wonder Woman.” Patty Jenkins directs. Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

My quick take🎬: So much to love about ⚔Wonder Woman!⚔

Director Patty Jenkins of Monster (2003), fame brings us another stellar film. Gal Gadot’s performance is fantastic to watch, she not only carries the entire film, but she also brings strength, intelligence, compassion and beauty to her role. Chris Pine is fun to watch as he takes a back seat, he brings humor and light-heartedness to the darkness of their wartime situation. If you ever thought you might want to see a superhero movie, then this is the one to go and see! I loved it! Radio Review coming soon! Stay Tuned!

Radio Reviews air on H360 Radio Network on Saturday nights, ✔️ out a station near you!  The podcast will post after the review airs. Stay tuned.

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Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story ★★★★ Radio Podcast 🎙

Directed by Daniel Raim. Photo Credit: Adama Films

Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story is a documentary that’s based on a true story. Storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his wife, a film researcher, Lillian Michelson are two nameless heroes of Hollywood’s greatest films.

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Interview with Daniel Raim Writer/Director of “Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story”

 A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY. A Zeitgeist Films release. Director Daniel Raim. Photo: Adama Films / Zeitgeist Films

Interview with Writer/Director Daniel Raim for the film Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

Daniel Raim had a goal in mind when he set out to make a documentary about two unsung Hollywood legends—Harold & Lillian Michelson— give these two talented people the credit they deserve. Movie fans are familiar with the work of Harold and Lillian Michelson, even if they don’t recognize the names. You see, they worked mostly uncredited on Hollywood films, however, storyboard artist Harold and film researcher Lillian left a time-honored mark on classics by Mel Brooks, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Mike Nichols, Steven Spielberg, and many more. Stitched together by love letters, film clips, storyboards, and open conversations with both Harold and Lillian, along with Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola, and others, this love letter to the Michelsons is not only a deeply moving portrait of love, but a tribute to their work that shaped many of the classic films we all know and love.

Lillian and Harold Michelson in Los Angeles in December 1947 in Daniel Raim’s HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY. A Zeitgeist Films release. Photo: Adama Films / Zeitgeist Films.

Sarah Knight Adamson: I want to tell you out of the gate, I totally love your movie so much. I’m very happy that you made this movie, because you’ve documented these two lives. Not just one life; two of these amazing film legends. You’ve shed tremendous light on the artistic side of filmmaking that frankly enhances the viewing experience not just for film critics, but for the whole world. I applaud you for that.

Daniel Raim: Thank you very much.

SKA: Can you talk briefly about your beginnings as a filmmaker with, I believe your teacher at the time, Robert F. Boyle?

DR: This was 1997 and I was a student at the American Film Institute. My professor was Robert Boyle. He was 90 years old at the time. He was also the subject of my first documentary.

Harold Michelson (right) in the Art Department at Paramount Studios in 1978 working on Star Trek: The Motion Picture in Daniel Raim’s HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY. A Zeitgeist Films release. For hi-res downloadPhoto: Adama Films / Zeitgeist Films.

SKA: Can you talk about how, during the making of a film, it’s less about making sets that looked real, but more about the storytelling. I guess in my mind, I think of The Graduate, and that iconic leg. Is that real? Is she [Anne Bancroft] really going to just sit there and pose like that? Probably not in real life, but it tells a story. Read more…

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Snatched (R) ★★★ Radio Podcast 🎙

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Happy Mother’s Day Weekend! Here’s my quick take on the film:

I laughed the entire 90 minutes of the film. Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn are both funny, but the supporting cast; Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack and Ike Barinholtz (who plays the paranoid brother) are hysterical. The Mom and Daughter are held captive for like…2 minutes, and the rest of the film is slapstick comedy. It did remind me of the shenanigans in the “The Hangover Part 2” similar to the guys running around in Thailand except no fingers were cut off…in Ecuador, Amy has a disgusting tapeworm that is hand extracted, and a bad guy gets stabbed with a harpoon. I also loved seeing Goldie Hawn back on the big screen, even with a somewhat compromised performance…she took the back seat in this film.

Sarah Knight Adamson© May 12, 2017

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (PG-13) ★★½ Radio Podcast 🎙

Charlie Hunnum, King Arthur and Jude Law star as rivals for the crown.

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The Circle (PG-13) ★½ Radio Podcast 🎙

Emma Watson stars in ‘The Circle.’ Photo Credit: STX Entertainment, EuropaCorp

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