Something Borrowed (PG-13) ★★★

John Krasinski, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson and Colin Egglesfield in “Something Borrowed”

Something Worth Seeing

Based on Emily Giffin’s book by the same name, “Something Borrowed” was co-produced by Hilary Swank. This incredibly popular novel … 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

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

The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13) ★★★★

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in “The Adjustment Bureau”

No Adjustments Needed

What would you do if you knew your future was already determined? Your destiny is run by a mysterious group of irrefutably powerful … Read more

The Illusionist (PG) ★★★★

From French director Sylvain Chomet “The Illusionist” Photo credit: Sony Pictures

Proof That 2D Animation Is Still Viable

At the risk of dating myself, being a fan of the late, comic genius Red Skelton, I … 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

It's Kind of A Funny Story (PG-13) ★★★

Keir Gilchrist and Zack Galifianakis in “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”

Not Really a Funny Story…But a Good Message

Sixteen-year old Craig (played by Keir Gilchrist “Hungry Hills” 2009) feels like his world is … Read more

The Fighter (R) ★★★☆

Left to right: Mark Wahlberg plays “Irish” Micky Ward, Jack McGee plays George Ward, Melissa Leo plays Alice Ward, Christian Bale plays Dicky Eklund and Jackson Nicoll plays Little Dicky in THE FIGHTER.© 2010 Fighter,… 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

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 ★★★☆

Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Daniel Radcliffe

An Ominous Beginning to the Bitter End

“These are dark times, there’s no denying,” declares the Minister of Magic, portrayed by Bill Nighy. Truer words were never spoken. … 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

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

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

The Town (R) ★★★☆

Ben Affleck in The Town.

Action Thriller Solidifies Affleck’s Talent as a Director

If Gone Baby Gone (2007) made you sit up and take notice, then The Town just might inspire you to stand up … Read more

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13) ★★★

You Won’t Sleep Through This One

Oliver Stone, director of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, is beginning to grow on me. Yes, I’m even a bit surprised myself by this turn of events. And − … Read more

Catfish (PG-13) ★★★☆

Nev talking with Megan

Online Friendship Becomes Personal on Many Levels

From the get-go, Catfish draws you in and doesn’t let you go until the credits are rolling. It’s human nature to be, somewhat, ‘nosey’ … Read more

Going the Distance (R) ★★★☆

Drew Barrymore as Erin  Going the DistancePoster Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis,Justin Long and Barrymore Click on images to view larger version.

Lots to Laugh About as Barrymore and Long are Hysterically Funny

Drew Barrymore otherwise … Read more

Mao's Last Dancer (PG) ★★★★

Mao’s Last Dancer Poster Li Cunxin Practicing in China Ballet Performance Click on images to view larger version.

An Inspiring, Uplifting Film Based on Courage

Filled with compassion, courage and heartfelt moments, Mao’s Last DancerRead more

Inception (PG-13) ★★★★

Leonardo DiCaprio Inception Poster Inception Cast Click on images to view larger version.

Sweet Dreams Equals Sweet Hollywood Script!

Christopher Nolan’s Inception has been, by far, the most highly anticipated film of the summer by … Read more

Despicable Me (G) ★★★☆

Gru and his minions Despicable Me Poster Gru with the children Click on images to view larger version.

That Villain is Really Very Funny!

Parents and kids will enjoy sitting through Despicable Me as the … Read more