CIMM Fest 2012 Recap

The 4th edition of the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival offered up four days of diverse film selections.  Most of the features were paired with fun shorts as openers.  Though the night lineups seemed … Read more

Mirror Mirror (PG) ★★★1/2

Julia Roberts (left) and Lily Collins (right) in “Mirror Mirror.” Photo Credit: Relativity Media

“Mirror Mirror” Reflects Some of Roberts’ Best Evil Work

Julia Roberts is royally evil in the latest reimagining of the classic … Read more

The Hunger Games (PG-13) ★★★1/2

Jennifer Lawrence stars as ‘Katniss Everdeen’ in THE HUNGER GAMES. Photo Credit: Murray Close

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21 Jump Street (R) ★★★1/2

Jonah Hill, left, and Channing Tatum star in Columbia Pictures’ action comedy “21 Jump Street.” PHOTO BY: Scott Garfield © 2012 Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Top 10 Movies of 2011

Sarah Adamson’s Top 10 list

1. The Descendants-George Clooney’s Hawaiian based film all the way.

2. Midnight in Paris- Woody Allen’s best film to date.

3. Hugo-Scorsese’s cinematic masterpiece.

4. The Artist-Best … Read more

Safe House (R) ★★★1/2

Rouge agent Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) and rookie CIA operative Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) star in “Safe House.” Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Trust No One

Are you someone who notoriously leans to the person next … Read more

The Artist PG-13 ★★★★

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1920s Film has Similar Themes as Today: Love, Vanity, Pride and Fame

Shot in black and white with no dialogue, ‘cleverness’ is this 1920s nostalgic film’s strength. So many people have … Read more

Haywire (R) ★★★½

Gina Carano performs her own stunts as Mallory Kane in “Haywire” Photo Credit: Relativity Media

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Gina Carano: Knockout

Move over Angelina, there’s a new girl in town. With a stellar cast consisting of … Read more

Like Crazy (PG-13) ★★★½

Anna (Felicity Jones) and Jacob (Anton Yelchin) in “Like Crazy.” Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

Raw, Intoxicating, Impulsive, Fresh…Crazy

Theaters today are filled with repetitive, abundant and predictable rom-coms. In contrast, “Like Crazy” is a breath … Read more

War Horse (PG-13) ★★★★

Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his horse Joey are featured in this scene from DreamWorks Pictures’ WAR HORSE. Photo Credit: WDSFilmPR

Spielberg Doesn’t Horse Around; “War Horse” is Worth the Ride

Looking for a family film … Read more

Hugo (PG) ★★★★

Asa Butterfield plays Hugo Cabret in HUGO, from Paramount Pictures and GK Films. (c) 2011 GK Films, LLC. Photo credit: Jaap Buitendijk. All Rights Reserved.

A Visual Masterpiece

The foyer in my home is adorned … Read more

My Week With Marilyn (R) ★★★

Michelle Williams and Eddie Redmayne in MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

A Portait of the Talents and Persona of the International Icon

The Skinny:

Memoir, Historical fiction − Weinstein Studios

The film is written by Adrian … Read more

The Descendants (R) ★★★★

Actors George Clooney (L) as “Matt King” and Shailene Woodley (R) as “Alexandra” on the set of THE DESCENDANTS. PHOTO BY: Merie Wallace Fox Searchlights Studio

Stellar Comedy Focusing on Emotions, Values and Family

If … Read more

The Way (PG-13) ★★★ ½

Elixir Films Presents THE WAY starring Martin Sheen

Estevez Takes Dad on Cathartic Walk

A car, motorcycle or some such vehicle is generally the mode of transportation featured in a road trip movie, but writer, … Read more

Footloose (PG-13) ★★★

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Dancing with the Stars Meets Friday Night Lights

“Footloose” danced its way into my favor by making significant changes to the 1984 script that were gravely overlooked … Read more

Real Steel (PG-13) ★★

Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton in “Real Steel” Photo Credit: DreamWorks Pictures’ action drama “Real Steel.” ©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Boxing Robots are Ho-hum

Here’s a transformer-robot movie starring an 11 … Read more

50/50 (R) ★★★½

ANNA KENDRICK and JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT star in 50/50. Photo Credit: Chris Helcermanas-Benge © 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Odds Favor This Touching Film

One might expect a movie featuring Seth Rogen (“Pineapple Express” … Read more

Dolphin Tale (PG) ★★★½

Photo Credit: Alcon Entertainment

‘Winter’ the Dolphin’s Story is Inspiring to All

Films centering on children and their love of animals always score big at the box office. “Free Willy,” “The Black Stallion” and “Benji” … Read more

Moneyball (PG-13) ★★★★

Brad Pitt stars as Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane in “Moneyball.”

Statistics Add Up to a Hit

Although it is in no way mystical, as with “Field of Dreams” (1989), “Moneyball” is about much … Read more

Drive (R) ★★★½

Ryan Gosling stars as a Hollywood stunt performer in “Drive”

Need a Driver? Gosling’s Your Guy

Fasten your seat belts and lock your car doors as “Drive” swerves into theaters at lightening speed. The mood … Read more