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) ★★★★

Sweet Dreams Equals Sweet Hollywood Script!

By far, Christopher Nolan’s Inception has been the most highly anticipated film of the summer by both critics and fans. The film challenges your mind and thought processes; you 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

Winter’s Bone (R) ★★★★

Jennifer Lawrence as Ree Dolly Winter’s Bone Poster John Hawkes as Uncle Teardrop Click on images to view larger version.

A Determined Teen Struggles for Survival

If you have ever wondered how life has changed … Read more

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13) ★★★

Edward & Bella Eclipse Poster Jacob & Bella Click on images to view larger version.

Total Eclipse of the Heart for Bella

Being of the mind set to ‘live in the moment’ and not look … Read more

Sex and the City 2 (R) ★★★

Everyone’s Favorite New York Girls Are Back and Better Than Ever!

Ladies, if you want to glam it up with your girlfriends, grab a cocktail and lose yourself in the ‘fantasy fashion world’ for two … Read more

Shrek Forever After (PG) ★★★☆

Be Careful What You Wish For!

Shrek Forever After 3D opens energetically out of the gate with a hyper-speed carriage and horses scene that is ‘in your face.’ Basically, you’ll be throwing your hands up … Read more

Letters to Juliet (PG) ★★★

Romance in the Countryside of Italy, What Could be Better?

If you are in any way a romantic at heart, then you’ll no doubt fall in love with Letters to Juliet. The film tugs … Read more

Iron Man 2 (PG-13) ★★★★

This is Film Entertainment At Its Best!

Robert Downy Jr. is back as Tony Stark, and his outed alias Iron Man; the comic book character that left audiences yearning for more. Not only is there … Read more

Shrek 4-ever After Film Review

By: Sean Rachford Sixth Grade Student

Do you like comedy movies or maybe movies with unexpected parts? If so, Shrek Forever After is the movie for you in 3D. This movie is hilarious and loaded … Read more

Date Night (PG-13) ★★★★

Carell and Fey are Entertaining in Date Night

How do you keep the fire going between two married people while juggling kids, a mortgage and job stresses? Date Night, a new comedy starring Steve Carell … Read more

Letters to God (G) ★★★★

Tyler Maguire will Steal Your Heart as a Young Boy with Cancer

Mention the word ‘cancer’ in a conversation and no doubt all persons involved have been touched by the disease in some form or … Read more

Alice In Wonderland (PG) ★★★☆

A Magical Modernized Version of A Classic Tale

Tim Burton unites with his old pal Disney Pictures to direct a ‘new’ movie version of the classic Lewis Carroll fantasy fairy tale. The film is stunningly … Read more