Wonder (PG) ★★★

Wonder is a drama/comedy based on R.J. Palacio’s best selling book of the same name. The film as the book, tells the story of August (Auggie) Pullman, played by Jacob Tremblay, a good-natured, funny and … Read more

Justice League (PG-13) ★★★

Justice League is the latest chapter in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) series, which thankfully finds its footing with a great ensemble cast.

The film picks up just after the events from the prior films, … Read more

“BIG TIME” Architecture Documentary, Stars Bjarke Ingels ★★★★ by Kathrine LeBlanc

Star Architect Bjarke Ingels is Uniquely Changing City Skylines

BIG TIME, directed by Kaspar Astrup Schröder, is an inspirational documentary film that captures influential architect Bjarke Ingles through his journey of changing our built … Read more

Murder on the Orient Express (PG-13) ★★★

Murder on the Orient Express is based on the classic mystery novel by Agatha Christie that was written in 1934; it certainly could be the most notable or familiar mystery novel in the world. Belgian … Read more

Thor: Ragnarok (PG-13) ★★★½

This is the third in its series, with Thor premiering in 2011 and Thor: The Dark World in 2013. Chris Hemsworth stars in all three films.

In Ragnarok Thor is imprisoned on the other side … Read more

Only the Brave (PG-13) ★★★½

Only the Brave

Is based on the true heroic story of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Firefighters in Yarnell, Arizona and on the GQ article “No Exit” by Sean Flynn. You will learn about the events … Read more

Simon Curtis Interview “Goodbye Christopher Robin”

British director Simon Curtis was in Chicago to promote his film Goodbye Christopher Robin during the Chicago International Film Festival. While my interview with him took place at the beautiful Park Hyatt Hotel in Chicago, … Read more

Kaspar Astrup Schroder Interview, Director “Big Time” Danish documentary film Bjarke Ingels, Architect

Kaspar Astrup Schroder director of Big Time a documentary that took six years in the making was in Chicago to present his film during the Chicago International Film Festival. I was able to speak with … Read more

Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG-13) ★★★½ Radio Podcast 🎙

Meet Christopher Robin’s Real Family

This Historical Drama gives us the backstory surrounding writer A.A. Milne “Winnie-the-Pooh” and “The House at Pooh Corner,” these books were published 1926 &1928.

Suffering from PTSD after the war, … Read more

Victoria and Abdul (PG-13) ★★★

Victoria and Abdul is historical fiction that’s based on the book of the same name.

In 1887 a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim played by Ali Fazal becomes an unlikely friend to Queen Victoria … Read more

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival 2017 Preview

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival will shortly be in full swing with tickets on sale now. A new Artistic Director, Mimi Plauché plans to continue the eclectic mix of programming that has been the … Read more

Stronger (R) ★★★★

Stronger is the true story of Jeff Bauman, who lost both his legs during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. The film is based on his memoir of the same name. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Bauman … Read more

The Kingsman: The Golden Circle (R) ★★★

The Kingsman: The Golden Circle (British Secret Service Comedy)

This is the sequel to The Kingsman: Secret Service (2014) A year has passed since Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton) and the spy organization Kingsman saved the … Read more

Home Again (PG-13) ★★★

Staring Reese Witherspoon (Alice) she’s a recently separated mom who moves back to her hometown of LA with her two young daughters. Austen her husband played by Michael Sheen lives in NY.

Candace Bergen, Alice’s … Read more

Tulip Fever (R) ★★½

The setting is Amsterdam in 1634 and tells the story of tulip mania, aristocrats, servants, orphans, portrait painters, deception, betrayal, and consequences. Based on the best selling book by the bestselling book by author Deborah … Read more

Tulip Fever (R) ★★½

🌷Tulip Fever Never Blooms

Amsterdam in the 17th century (1634) is the setting for this historical fiction film that tells the story of tulip mania, aristocrats, servants, orphans, portrait painters, deception, betrayal, and consequences. Having … Read more

Red Carpet Event WE TV Chicago by Patty Babin

Red Carpet ‘WE TV Chicago’ 

SarahsBackstagePass on the Red carpet, Wednesday, August 16 at 6:00 pm at the Flamingo Rum Club in Chicago, some of the most recognizable and philanthropic singles were being honored at … Read more

Atomic Blonde (R) ★★★

Charlize Theron stars as a British M-6 agent in the 80s who is dispatched to Berlin to receive her new assignment. She’s informed that a fellow agent in Berlin was killed and it is believed … Read more

Dunkirk (R) ★★★★

Dunkirk takes place during WWII based on historical facts. Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan it tells the story of the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk. Stars Tom Hardy, Kenneth … Read more

The Big Sick 😷 (R) ★★★★

The Big Sick is based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon; it’s the story of Pakistan-born comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his … Read more

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

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 … Read more

A Ghost Story (R) ★★★★

A deeply affecting meditation on life, death, grief, time, existence — and letting go.

So as you can probably discern from the statement above, A Ghost Story goes deep. Even though it tells a simple … Read more

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 … Read more

Despicable Me 3 (PG) ★★

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

The film starts with an angry, downer tone. Both Gru and Lucy are fired by a weird woman that screams at them … Read more