Shana Feste (Director, Writer) and Lewis MacDougall (Actor) in the film “Boundaries”

My interview with writer-director, Shana Feste and teen actor Lewis MacDougall was conducted via phone as I was ill with a bad cold, which was a shame as I prefer to meet talent face to … Read more

Sicario: Day of the Soldado (R) ★★½

Benicio Del Toro Soars, Giving an Outstanding Performance in this Bleak and Dark Role

Violent anti-heroes (CIA operative) Josh Brolin and (ex-lawyer, prosecutor, hit-man) Benicio Del Toro minus the much-needed government moral compass of (FBI … Read more

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (PG-13) ★★★

The Dinosaurs Have Left the Island…They Could Now Be in Your Homes

If you’re expecting to hear the word “run” and view people with horrified (panic-stricken) expressions on their faces while desperately fleeing hungry meat-eating … Read more

Incredibles 2 (PG) ★★★★

Timely Messages of Marriage Equality and Female Empowerment

Pixar’s long awaited animated sequel to the Incredibles (2004) is a laugh-out-loud summer popcorn flick that guarantees to strike a chord with all family members. Not veering … Read more

Won’t You Be My Neighbor (PG-13) ★★★★

Fred Rogers An American Hero to Children of the World

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? by director Morgan Neville offers an in-depth look at Fred Rogers, the man behind the PBS children’s program, Mister Roger’s … Read more

Ocean’s 8 (PG-13) ★★★

Female Glam-Caper Steals the Spotlight

Ocean’s 8, the female answer to the three previous Oceans’ heist movies, (Ocean’s Eleven 2001, Ocean’s Twelve 2004, and Ocean’s Thirteen 2007) is exquisitely cast with (Sandra Bullock, … Read more

RBG (PG) ★★★★

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Petite but Mighty Force

Upon the conclusion of RBG, a joyous smile stretched across my face, as the feeling of pure elation was my first reaction—yes, 84-year-old Supreme Court Justice … Read more

Adrift (PG-13) ★★★

Shailene Woodley’s  Star Sails to New Heights 

Shailene Woodley’s breakout role as the spunky oldest daughter of George Clooney in The Descendants (2011) has proven her acting abilities aren’t a one-off—in fact she’s been sailing … Read more

Deadpool 2 (R) ★★★

Cynical, Potty-mouth Anti-hero is Fun!

To begin, I’m strongly advising you see Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, before attempting to view Deadpool 2. The original highly successful R rated film is the … Read more

Book Club (PG-13) ★★★½

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Wine Bottle

For those of us that are currently in a book club or those of us who’ve been in one in the past, we are undeniably privy to the … Read more

Solo: A Star Wars Story (PG-13) ★★★½

Younger Hans Solo Has Grit and Drive

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a fun-filled, entertaining prequel; mostly due to its lead and co-stars. Alden Ehrenreich (Hans Solo) first caught my attention in the romantic … Read more

Bill Holderman and Erin Simms Interview “Book Club”

 

My interview for the movie Book Club, with director Bill Holderman and screenplay writer Erin Simms was held in a suite at the beautiful Park Hyatt Hotel in Chicago, May 11, 2018. It’s … Read more

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