Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG) ★★★★

Jack Black returns to voice Po.

That lovable panda is back and in a big way! The first film, “Kung Fu Panda” was nominated for Best Animated Motion Picture during the 2009 Academy Award® season … Read more

Melissa McCarthy Interview CoStar of “Bridesmaids”

Melissa McCarthy Photo Credit: CBS

“Bridesmaids” costar Melissa McCarthy is laugh-out-loud hysterical and grew up on a farm in Plainfield. Her new show “Mike and Molly” has been doing very well and was picked up … Read more

Interview with Danielle Campbell CoStar of “Prom”

Interview with Danielle Campbell Costar of “Prom” Disney Studios Photo

Danielle Campbell was in Chicago during a press tour for the movie “Prom” which opens April 29. She and I met and chatted about her … Read more

Burt Reynolds Interview, Chats About Regrets, Friendships, His Mustache and More

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Burt Reynolds

Sarah Adamson conducting the Q&A at Hollywood Palms Cinema before the showing of “Cannonball Run” with Burt Reynolds

It’s hard to believe that film legend Burt Reynolds has appeared in over 100 … Read more

The Incredibles on Blu-ray™/DVD (PG) ★★★★

“The Incredibles” Photo Credit: Disney Studios

Disney Pixar’s “The Incredibles” now on Blu-ray™ and DVD

“The Incredibles” is an animated Disney Pixar film that has just been released on DVD and Blu-ray. It’s quality family … Read more

Zachary Gordon “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” Interview

Sarah and Zachary GordonPhoto Credit: Steve Vukasovic

Sarah Chats Again with the Star of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,” Zachary Gordon

 

The Hollywood Palms theater in Naperville hosted a special advanced screening … Read more

The Lincoln Lawyer (R) ★★★

Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey, left) and Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe, right) in THE LINCOLN LAWYER. Photo credit: Saeed Adyani

Backstage Film Reviews- Radio Broadcasts

Just the Facts!

Mystery, Dramatic Thriller − Lionsgate Studios. The film … Read more

Mia Wasikowska and Director Cary Fukunaga “Jane Eyre” Interview – Chicago

Mia Wasikowska stars as JANE EYRE, a Focus Features release directed by Cary Fukunaga. Photo Credit: Laurie Sparham

“Jane Eyre” Interview Mia Wasikowska and Director Cary Fukunaga – Chicago

“Jane Eyre” was a selection during … Read more

Spike Lee Speaks at North Central College

Filmmaker Spike Lee speaks at North Central College

If you ever have the chance to listen to Spike Lee speak, then go. He’s the kind of guy that has opinions and isn’t afraid to express … Read more

John Wells Interview Director “The Company Men”

John Wells – Writer/Director “The Company Men” Photo Credit: Getty Images (WireImage)

“The Company Men” Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Affleck Photo Credit: Weinstein Production Still

Wells discusses his early years in New York, guides us Read more

Top Ten Movies of 2010

The Fighter 127 Hours The Social Network The Black Swan Inception The Town Despicable Me Iron Man 2 Date Night Winter’s Bone Shutter Island… Read more

Black Swan (R) ★★★★

Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

Perfectionism − Should be Considered a Character Flaw

“Black Swan” stars Natalie Portman in her most riveting role to date. She carries the film to great lengths and in most … Read more

Ralf Schmerberg Director “Problema” Interview

“Problema” – directed by Ralf Schmerberg

Sarah Adamson Interviews Filmmaker Ralf Schmerberg

 

If you happened to attend The Chicago Film Festival this past October you may have heard the buzz surrounding this extraordinary one-of-a-kind … Read more

Danny Boyle Academy Award Winner Best Director Interview

Danny Boyle Director of “127 Hours”

Danny Boyle Interview with Sarah Adamson in Chicago

“127 Hours” Round Table Interview October 14, 2010 Elysian Hotel Backstage Notes: Danny Boyle was really cool to meet in person Read more

Beauty and the Beast on BluRay/DVD ★★★★

Robby Benson voices the Beast and Paige O’Hara voices Belle

Disney’s Diamond Edition of “Beauty and the Beast” Is a Gem

It is hard to believe that it has been 19 years since Disney’s “Beauty … Read more

IMAX Opening in Naperville ShowPlace 16 – Sign up to get FREE tickets to “Megamind”

Megamind Poster

In honor of the new IMAX opening an official “blue” ribbon cutting ceremony (by Mayor George Pradel) and the proclamation of ‘Blue Day’ will take place prior to a free private screening of … Read more

Cécile De France Interview “Hereafter”

Jessica Griffiths and Cécile De France in “Hereafter”

Star of “Hereafter” Cecile De France Interview with Sarah Adamson

 

I interviewed Cecile De France at the Elysian Hotel in Chicago on October 14, 2010. She’s Read more

127 Hours (R) ★★★★

James Franco stars in ‘127 Hours’

Okay Kids−Always Tell Your Mother Where You Are Going!

Here’s an example of what happens when a seasoned director; Academy Award winner Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire” 2008) meets up … Read more

Chicago International Film Festival 46th Boasts Big Talent

46th Chicago International Film Festival

The staff of Sarah’s Backstage Pass used the old adage, ‘divide and conquer’ in approaching coverage of the 46th annual Chicago International Film Festival Oct. 7th through October 21, 2010. … Read more

Hereafter (PG-13) ★★★☆

Cecile De France and Matt Damon in “Hereafter”

He Sees Dead People When He Grips Your Hand

Clint Eastwood directs a very different type of film, that some will probably not like due to the … Read more

Edward Norton and John Curran Director of “Stone” Interview

Director John Curran and Edward Norton at the Trump Tower Hotel in Chicago

Sarah’s Backstage Pass was invited to interview Edward Norton and director John Curran at the Trump Tower Hotel in Chicago. Ed is Read more

Stone (R) ★★★

Robert De Niro as Jack and Edward Norton as Stone.

Edward Norton as Stone Gives a Haunting Performance

John Curran (“The Painted Veil” 2006) directs a layered, compelling film centering on four main characters’ secrets, … Read more

Secretariat (PG) ★★★☆

(L-R) Diane Lane, Nelsan Ellis, Otto Thorwarth and John Malkovich in “Secretariat”.

The Perfect Family Film − Crossing All Generations

Disney’s “Secretariat” is a heartwarming story about an amazing race horse and its owner, Penny … Read more

The Social Network (PG-13) ★★★★

Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker and Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network.

Friend Me, Tag Me in a Photo, Post on My Wall − Facebook Fans Rejoice as this Critic Clicks: Read more