Always At the Carlyle ★★

Check in to Live with the Stars

I’ve always maintained that The Carlyle Hotel is a captivating art enthusiast destination in New York City due to the paintings of Ludwig Bemelman that adorn the walls … Read more

Life of the Party (PG-13)★★★

McCarthy’s Sweet Mom-Com Has a Ginormous Heart

Undeniably, Melissa McCarthy is one of the funniest women working in Hollywood to date. After her break-out role in Bridesmaids (2011), the female version of The Hangover, … Read more

Tully (R) ★★★½

Authentic Portrayal of Motherhood

Tully is a female character driven movie from the heart, which mothers universally will champion and applaud for its realism—to be clear, it is not the flawlessly staged Mommy Blog Instagram … Read more

Beirut (R) ★★★½

A Triller with John Hamm Leading the Way

Beirut once known as the Paris of the Middle East hasn’t seen those days of glory since the 1975 Civil War, the 1982 Lebanon War with Israel, … Read more

Chicago Film Critics 6th Annual Film Festival May 4-10 2018 Music Box Theater

(Chicago, IL) — The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), (of which I’ve been a member since 2009), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism Film … Read more

Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13) ★★½ by S. Knight Adamson

Both Exciting and Exhausting, the Underwhelming Supervillain Further Bogs Down the Overwhelming Amount of Characters and Scope

Avengers: Infinity War is part one of a ten-year Marvel finale, that includes 18 movies starting in 2008 … Read more

Blockers (R) ★★★½

Hysterical “Blockers” Boasts Great Cast

The film Blockers main premise is most parents’ worst nightmare−the discovery your teen has made a haphazard life-altering decision. A parent’s glimmer of hope−they just may be able to “block” … Read more

Ebertfest (Roger Ebert’s) 20 Anniversary Film Festival, Critical Mass Panel, Stay Tuned…

Hi everyone, check back soon as I’ve been busy attending the Ebertfest Film Festival at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Il. In addition serving as a panel member of “Critical Mass: The Future of … Read more

A Quiet Place (PG-13) ★★★½

Shh…Don’t Say a Word

Sci-fi giant spider-like creatures can’t see you—so no need to hide—except, if they hear you—they’ll kill you instantly. That’s the premise of this tightly edited, spine-tingling sci-fi horror film. Be prepared … Read more

Ready Player One (PG-13) ★★★½

Popcorn Movie is Worth the Price of Admission

Plot revolves around losing yourself in fantasy worlds, it zip-lines at hyper speed and changes environments just as quickly, jam-packed action with numerous pop-culture nostalgia. Yep, it’s … Read more

Susan Walter Writer/Director Interview “All I Wish”

My interview with writer/director Susan Walter of the film, All I Wish, a romantic comedy starring Sharon Stone as a late forties single woman who hasn’t found her dream career or the love of … Read more

All I Wish (R) ★★★

Sharon Stone Still Rocks

Should a 60-yr-old actress permanently be typecast as a mom or a grandma? Sharon Stone can answer that question—the answer—an emphatic no way! When first-time director Susan Walter took a chance on … Read more

Pacific Rim: Uprising (PG-13) ★★

Pacific Rim: Uprising

Action Sequences Mirror Transformer Films

The sequel to Pacific Rim continues the ten years after the setting of the original film, the year is now 2035 in a science fiction world where … Read more

I Kill Giants (PG-13) ★★½

I Kill Giants

Pre-teen Struggles with Family Trauma

I Kill Giants is based on the graphic comic book series of the same name written in 2008 by the famous comic book writer Joe Kelly, of … Read more

The Fencer ★★★ ½ Foreign Language Film

The Fencer

Estonia Gains a Hero

This inspiring universally themed fictionalized story of Endel Nelis (Märt Avandi) an Estonian fencing champion who becomes a role model and mentor to students in his homeland is my … Read more

Journey’s End (R) ★★★½

WWI Drama Shows Courage and Heart

When one reflects back to WWI, images of soldiers fighting in trenches come to mind. Journey’s End, is a riveting account of those claustrophobic tight quarters along with … Read more

Tomb Raider (PG-13) ★★½

Yes, it’s a Non-stop Video-game with Little Pizazz

Tomb Raider (PG-13) stars Swedish actress Alicia Vikander it’s the remake of Laura Croft -Tomb Raider that starred Angelia Jolie in 2001. Both are based on a … Read more

Thoroughbreds (R) ★★★

Thoroughbreds R

We all know teens do get into trouble, but how about murder? The awful step-dad, Mark (Paul Sparks) just ‘has’ to vanish from existence, and upper-class Lily’s (Anya Taylor-Joy) reconnection with her childhood … Read more

A Wrinkle in Time (PG) ★★★

Family Centered, Features a Rising Star-Storm Reid

Madeleine L’Engel’s novel A Wrinkle in Time, 1962 was first introduced to me in the late 80s when I began teaching fourth and fifth-grade gifted literature. We … Read more

Red Sparrow (R) ★★

Red Sparrow rated R is based on a novel of the same name by Jason Matthews. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Dominika Egorova Russian Operative − a dangerous, abusive life and profession she did not choose.… Read more

Black Panther (PG-13) ★★★★

Best film of 2018 so Far

Black Panther is based on the Marvel comic book character, and raises the bar for all comic book films going forward. The film’s genre is Drama, Science Fiction, and … Read more

“A Fantastic Woman” Foreign Film Documentary ★★★½

A ‘Fantastic’ Film

A Fantastic Woman is a foreign film from Chile that is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language. (Update, March 4, 2018 A Fantastic Woman Won the Oscar and Daniela Vega … Read more

“In the Fade” Foreign Film Documentary ★★★

Diane Kruger gives a Riveting Performance

The reason to see In the Fade is due to German-born Diane Kruger’s outstanding  performance as a grieving wife and mother. She’s previously acted exclusively in English and … Read more

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (PG-13) ★★½ Radio Audio 🎙

Fearless Teens Give Us Running, Running, and More Running 

After 11 months of delayed production, due to lead actor Dylan O’Brien’s (Thomas) serious onset head injury, the finale brings the dystopian saga cast together again. … Read more