Jojo Rabbit (PG-13) ★★★★ #TIFF H360 Radio

“Jojo Rabbit” is an anti-hate satire by writer and director Taika Waititi.  It’s the story of a lonely German boy during WWII played by Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo, he’s a member of the Hitler … Read more

Joker (R) ★★½ by Sarah Knight Adamson

“Joker” Boasts an Oscar-worthy Performance for Joaquin Phoenix, Despite an Implausible Script

Joaquin Phoenix, the exceptionally talented actor, three-time Oscar nominee (“The Master,” “Walk the Line,” “Gladiator”) stars in the dark, depressing origin role of … Read more

Downton Abbey (PG-13) ★★★ H360 Radio Podcast

“Downtown Abbey” Is based on the Emmy winning TV series.

The year is 1927 and the King and Queen of England have decided to pay a social call to Downton Abbey! One can only imagine … Read more

“National Theater Live: Fleabag” ★★★½

Talented Writer and Star Solo Stage Performance is Phenomenal

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) has currently gained the attention of television viewers as her critically acclaimed BBC comedy series, now in its third season, garnered her the … Read more

An Affair to Remember⎼ Attending the 71st Emmy Awards by Alexi Rabin

My original plan for Emmy night was to ‘live-tweet’ from a Beverly Hills hotel restaurant on behalf of Sarah’s Backstage Pass, just like I had done for the Critics’ Choice Awards the past five years.Read more

Toronto International Film Festival 2019 Wraps

In showcasing the glamour of Hollywood and the breadth of worldwide cinema, the Toronto International Film Festival, a.k.a. TIFF welcomed hundreds of thousands of moviegoers and members of the press September 5 through September 15. … Read more

Luke Wilson, Atom Egoyan, David Thewlis and Laysla De Oliveria Interviews #TIFF “Guest of Honour”

The Canadian film, “The Guest of Honour” director and cast, shot in Hamilton, Canada, sat down with me during the Toronto International Film Festival in a round table format at the lovely Coffee Oysters Champagne … Read more

Red Carpet Interview with Director Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard of “Dads” #TIFF

Director Bryce Dallas Howard and her dad, Ron Howard walked the Red Carpet and chatted with press about her directorial debut film, “Dads.”

Bryce Dallas Howard told the audience after an uproarious standing ovation preceding … Read more

Memphis Film Prize 2019- It’s a Wrap, a Juror’s View

It’s a Wrap: Memphis Film Prize 2019 August 2-4

The Memphis Film Prize is a uniquely creative showcase for emerging talent. Filmmakers from across the country submit their short film — between five and fifteen … Read more

TIFF Update: Joaquin Phoenix to Receive Tribute Actor Award

JOAQUIN PHOENIX TO RECEIVE TIFF TRIBUTE ACTOR AWARD AT INAUGURAL TRIBUTE GALA

TORONTO​ — Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, today announced that three-time Academy Award–nominatedactorJ​ oaquinPhoenix​willbehonouredwithoneoftwoT​ IFFTributeActorAwards​atthis year’s TIFF Tribute Gala awards … Read more

Toronto International Film Festival 2019 Documentary Lineup

TIFF 2019 DOCUMENTARY LINEUP INCLUDES WORLD PREMIERES OF THE CAVE,​ ​AND WE GO GREEN​, ​DADS,​ ​DESERT ONE,​ ​RED PENGUINS​, ​SING ME A SONG​, T​HE CAPOTE TAPES,​ AND ​BIKRAM: YOGI, GURU, PREDATOR

The 44th Toronto International … Read more

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (R) ★★★★ Radio Podcast

The film is a drama based on the true story of actor and former San Francisco resident Jimmy Fails. It’s about his dream of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of … Read more

“For Sama” Interviews with Directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts and Dr. Hamza al-Kateab

Directors Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts and Dr. Hamza al-Kateab Discuss the Making of “For Sama”

“For Sama” has been championed as, “One of the most important films you’ll ever see in your life.” At the … Read more

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (R) ★★★½ by Sarah Knight Adamson

Quentin Tarantino’s Film is a 60s Soundtrack Cinematic Masterpiece

“Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.” is writer and director Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to Hollywood filmmaking in the late 60s, along with his intense love of … Read more

Looking Back on San Diego Comic Con 2019 by Erika S. Olson

Now that I’ve almost fully recovered from my 5 crazy days at San Diego Comic-Con, it’s time to recap some of the highlights.

For anyone unfamiliar with San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), it’s an annual pop-culture-centric … Read more

David Crosby: Remember My Name (R) ★★★

David Crosby Speaks from the Heart

Talk about up close and personal! David Crosby, the songwriter, singer, and guitar player of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young at 76 years old talks openly … Read more

“The Farewell” (PG) ★★★★ Radio Podcast

A Heartfelt Look at Culture and Family Traditions

“The Farewell is based on writer and director Lulu Wang’s profoundly personal experience. At the age of 6, she and her family left China & settled in … Read more

Mendocino Film Festival 2019: A Conversation with Claudia Puig—A Film Critic’s View as a Narrative Jury Member

Check out my Mendocino Film Festival 2019 Article on Rogerebert.com

Any successful Film Festival involves countless hours of planning, preparation, and networking; and I found the wide variety of films, special guests, panels, and events … Read more

Interview with Lulu Wang “The Farewell”

Lulu Wang screenwriter and director of “The Farewell” interview touches on her gratefulness to Roger and Chaz Ebert for being chosen for a Directing Fellowship, the qualities of a strong grandparent role model, and the Read more

Maiden ★★★★ (PG) Documentary (Radio Podcast)

First Female Crew to Sail Around the World–Courage at High Seas

“Maiden” is the true documentary story of Tracy Edwards, a skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World … Read more

“Toy Story 4” (PG) ★★★★

Bo Peep Turns Action Hero and A Spork Toy is a New Best Friend

Pixar takes its time to get the message right, and in this case, waiting nine years between “Toy Story 3” is … Read more

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I AM (PG-13) ★★★★

Toni Morrison is an inspiring person, she’s also uplifting and practical

She worked as a published writer, editor, teacher all while being a single mother. Morrison is presented as a model of strength and resolve; … Read more