Reviews

Aladdin (PG) ★★½

Sadly, Mistakes Ground “Aladdin” From Ever Taking Flight Disney’s recycling of their animated classic films, is fine with me, especially if an updated script showcases noteworthy performances—sadly, for all the spot-on ethnic casting, and memorable performance by Jasmine, Naomi Scott and the charming Mena Massoud as Aladdin—Guy Ritchie’s error of changing the script to include torturing […]

John Wick: Chapter 3-Parabellum (R) ★★★

Halle Berry’s Feisty Sofia Enhances Chapter 3 The opening scene of “Chapter 3” in New York City’s iconic Public library is pure fantasy and entertainment, as not only does super assassin John Wick kill a perpetrator with a book, he respectably takes the time to place the book exactly back in its rightful place on […]

The Hustle (PG-13) ★★★

Girls’ Night Rental Potential The premise of The Hustle, which involves dueling con artists in the French Riviera may seem eerily familiar to some moviegoers. Indeed, the comedy is essentially a remake Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), except this time, there is a gender flip staring an unlikely female duo, Anne Hathaway (Ocean’s Eight, 2018) and […]

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (PG) ★★½

Solid Storytelling is Greatly Needed The excitement is over as the first Pokémon feature that pairs the animated Japanese characters with live actors is finally here—although unfortunately to fully comprehend the film, one needs to be familiar with the Pokémon characters as the film lacks those vital details. Japan’s most popular cultural exports, Pokémon, created […]

Long Shot (R) ★★★★

Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron Make a Memorable Couple Pairing Seth Rogen’s slouchy dresser, Fred Flarsky, an unapologetic, gonzo journalist with Charlize Theron’s glamorous, Charlotte Field, a driven successful Secretary of State who has her sites on running for President is opportune—as the ‘oil and water’ pair make one of the most remarkable couples since […]

Avengers: Endgame (PG-13) ★★★½

“Avengers Endgame” at its best—illustrates the qualities of being a true hero—all while Marvel’s greatest cinematic hits are warmly and entertainingly revisited! “Endgame” is a culmination of 22 Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films debuting in 2008 with Robert Downy Jr. as “Iron Man, ” that brought the beginnings of Phase One, ending in the crossover […]

The Public (PG-13) ★★★½

Check Out “The Public” at a Theater Near You, Offering Over Due Enlightenment My younger sister, Martha, a former librarian told me a few years ago that it’s common for homeless people to come into the library, some with all their belongings and use the computers in the Minnesota library where she worked, although they […]

Amazing Grace (G)★★★★

The Voice of an Angel Takes Us to Church Be prepared to be lifted-up—quite possibly to the heavens—by merely viewing this euphoric musical performance by the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. Never before seen footage is restored that document a historic recording event that produced her most personal record album, it also became her most […]

Shazam! (PG-13) ★★★½

A Good-Natured Superhero with Loads of Heart Shazman is the new ‘superhero kid on the block’ as Zachary Levi’s energetic, yet heartfelt performance nails his DC character for years to come! Finally, the DC Universe brings laughter while enhancing family values in the storyline. Wildly entertaining, with plenty of humor from start to finish, “Shazam!” […]

Dumbo (PG) ★½

Non-kid Centered, Lacks Heart Though the 1941 original “Dumbo” movie is very short, 64 minutes, and full of racist innuendos, that darling flying, big-eared baby elephant is hard to resist—so it makes perfect sense that Disney place it on their ‘cartoon to ‘live action’ docket.’ The main hurdle in this remake has been overcome in […]

Captain Marvel (PG-13) ★★★

Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel Serves as a Role Model for Female Empowerment “Captain Marvel” stars Brie Larson, Academy Award winner (“Room” 2015), as Carol Danvers, the first female superhero from Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films—yes; it’s finally here with a terrific lead and an outstanding supporting cast. Both entertaining and messy at times, the popcorn […]

Apollo 11 ★★★★

Brilliantly Realized, Stunningly Gorgeous “Apollo 11” Soars “Apollo 11” is a visual delicacy to be savored long after the extensive credits roll—unlike most documentaries where talking head interviews and newspaper clippings are the main source—director/editor Todd Douglas Miller choose 50-year-old footage to tell the historic tale, along with original audio. And yes, the iconic flag-planting […]

Interviews

Alfonso Cuarón on Mother Figures in Life and in “ROMA” Interview

Director and screenplay writer Alfonso Cuarón tells a very personal story of growing up in the 70s in Colonia Roma, Mexico. Roma a story of home, love, hope, courage, and change is female-focused, providing emotional, soul-searching portraits. In capturing the monotonous tasks of his beloved housekeeper/caregiver, we are privy to quiet colorless moments that demand to shine […]

Julian Day Interview, Costume Designer “Bohemian Rhapsody”

“Bohemian Rhapsody” Costume Designer Julian Day Replicates Freddy Mercury’s Iconic Style Julian Day’s designs appear in Ron Howard’s “Rush” (2013), Oliver Hirschbiegel’s “Diana” (2013), (Princess Diana, biographical drama), and the soon to be released Elton John biopic “Rocket Man” opening May 2019. Making quite a name for himself, the English designer recalled a sweet story […]

Sean Anders Interview, “Instant Family”

Director and co-writer Sean Anders new film “Instant Family” is based partially on him and his wife’s real-life experiences with foster care prior to the adoption of their three children who are biological siblings. The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as parents of three foster siblings highlighting the ups and downs they encounter […]

Rachel Brosnahan Interview by Alexi Rabin

A marvelous evening it was, spent with Emmy, Golden Globe, and Critic’s Choice Award winner, Rachel Brosnahan, at The Highland Park Community House in Highland Park, IL. “A Marvelous Evening with Mrs. Maisel,” a fundraiser on October 19th, 2018, honored the Actors Training Center (ATC) of Wilmette, IL where Brosnahan trained throughout her childhood. The […]

On the Red Carpet with Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman by Patty Babin

Book Launch, “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told” It was a special day in Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 2, when Michigan Avenue Magazine celebrated their October issue with cover stars, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. The celebration was two-fold, it was not only their first time on the cover of the magazine, but it was also […]

Bradley Cooper Q&A “A Star is Born”

Bradley Cooper Gives His Perspectives on “A Star is Born” Bradley Cooper and Oliver Platt were in Chicago, IL at the AMC River East Theater on the evening of September 17, 2018, to discuss the film “A Star is Born.” Cooper directed the film, has screenplay credit as well as co-stars with Lady Gaga. The […]

Film Festivals and Events

Chicago Critics Film Festival Opening Night 2019 by Patty Babin

A Chicago Film Opens CCFF Friday, May 17, 2019, was opening night for the Chicago Critics Film Festival and “Saint Frances,” played to a packed house at the Music Box Theater in Chicago and received a resounding standing ovation. This Chicago made film was the perfect choice to start the week-long festival. Kelly O’Sullivan not […]

The Chicago Critics Film Festival 2019 Tickets On Sale Now!

The 2019 Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF) line-up is bringing some exciting talent to town, and festival films are sure to entertain. The Chicago premiere of Danny Boyle’s “Yesterday” tops the program packed with this year’s best films, joined by guests: Jay Duplass, Tatiana Maslany, Jim Gaffigan, Tom Skerritt, and more. The Chicago Film Critics […]

Sundance 2019 Buzz Watch and Winners List 35 Films—21 Award Winners, 14 Buzz Watch

All of the film trailers and some of the feature films have been viewed—the top entertainment film websites have been scoured—here are 35 Sundance 2019 films that garner attention.  Congratulations to the Sundance 2019 Award Winners  “Honeyland” – There’s plenty of buzzing in “Honeyland” the observational documentary from Macedonia that chronicles nomadic mountainside beekeepers daily […]

The Chicago 54th International Film Festival

Happy as Lazzaro and Ash Is Purest White Top Winners The 54th Chicago International Film Festival hosted its Awards Ceremony at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St., on October 19, 2018. Jury members awarded prizes in these categories: International Feature Film Competition; New Directors Competition; International Documentary Competition; Out-Look Competition; and Short Film Competition. The Chicago Award […]

Rachel Brosnahan Interview by Alexi Rabin

A marvelous evening it was, spent with Emmy, Golden Globe, and Critic’s Choice Award winner, Rachel Brosnahan, at The Highland Park Community House in Highland Park, IL. “A Marvelous Evening with Mrs. Maisel,” a fundraiser on October 19th, 2018, honored the Actors Training Center (ATC) of Wilmette, IL where Brosnahan trained throughout her childhood. The […]

On the Red Carpet with Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman by Patty Babin

Book Launch, “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told” It was a special day in Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 2, when Michigan Avenue Magazine celebrated their October issue with cover stars, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. The celebration was two-fold, it was not only their first time on the cover of the magazine, but it was also […]

Radio Podcasts

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Radio Podcast)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ★★★★ Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, are the creative minds behind “The Lego Movie.” Boasting a brand-new visual style that’s the first of its kind. Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, is voiced by Sameik Moore stars. Voice cast includes Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Lily Tomlin and more. Click here to listen to the audio […]

Mary Poppins Returns (PG) ★★★½

Hollywood 360 Radio Podcast aired December 22, 2018 Rob Marshall directs “Mary Poppins Returns” starring Emily Blunt in the sequel to the 1964 movie “Mary Poppins” that starred Julie Andrews. It’s been over 30 years since Mary Poppins last cared for the Banks children of London’s ‘17 Cherry Tree Lane.’ Jane played by (Emily Mortimer), […]

The Grinch (PG)★★★½

Hollywood 360 Radio Podcast aired December 1, 2018 “The Grinch” is an animated cartoon for kids and adults by Universal Pictures. The film is based on the Dr. Seuss book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Benedict Cumberbatch voices the Grinch. Pharrell Williams is the voice of the narrator. Most people know the story of the […]

Smallfoot (PG) ★★ Radio Review

Too Many Sub-Plots for Kids  Sadly, overly-stuffed “Smallfoot” invents modern fairy tale notions about Yeti’s, with mediocre animation, and songs without actually teaching anything of substance to kids. Smallfoot is an animated children’s film by The Warner Animation Group, a division of Warner Bros. Starring the voices of: Channing Tatum, Common, Zendaya, LeBron James, James […]

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG-13) ★★★½

Mamma Mia, How Could We Ever Forget You? Opening the musical Mamma Mia 2 in the middle of an unseasonably sweltering, summer, is brilliant marketing—especially if your vacation plans are late August as you’ll be transported to a gorgeous fresh sea-breeze, sun-kissed, blue-hued vacation paradise— Kalokairi in the Greek Isles. In Mamma Mia (2008) Meryl Streep […]

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (PG) ★½

A Few Tender Moments and Catchy Songs Can’t Save this Sinking Ship As a relentless advocate for quality children’s films, the Hotel Transylvania animated series (2012, 2015) has never been high on my list—especially now that the bar’s finally been raised—sadly the third 2018 installment is a step backward. Given today’s atmosphere of excellent scripts […]

Entertainment News

Sundance 2019 Buzz Watch and Winners List 35 Films—21 Award Winners, 14 Buzz Watch

All of the film trailers and some of the feature films have been viewed—the top entertainment film websites have been scoured—here are 35 Sundance 2019 films that garner attention.  Congratulations to the Sundance 2019 Award Winners  “Honeyland” – There’s plenty of buzzing in “Honeyland” the observational documentary from Macedonia that chronicles nomadic mountainside beekeepers daily […]

Alfonso Cuarón on Mother Figures in Life and in “ROMA” Interview

Director and screenplay writer Alfonso Cuarón tells a very personal story of growing up in the 70s in Colonia Roma, Mexico. Roma a story of home, love, hope, courage, and change is female-focused, providing emotional, soul-searching portraits. In capturing the monotonous tasks of his beloved housekeeper/caregiver, we are privy to quiet colorless moments that demand to shine […]

Our Staff’s Top Films of 2018

Sarah Knight Adamson’s Favorite and Top 28 Award Worthy Films of 2018 A Star is Born Black Panther Won’t You Be My Neighbor? BlacKkKlansman Can You Ever Forgive Me? The Favourite Green Book If Beale Street Could Talk Spiderman into the Spider-Verse Roma Crazy Rich Asians Bohemian Rhapsody RGB Mary Poppins Returns Ben is Back […]

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