Reviews

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? 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 Minding […]

On the Basis of Sex (PG-13) ★★★

Entertaining & Influential Justices on the Supreme Court do not often reach celebrity status or earn fun monikers, but that is not the case with Ruth Bader Ginsburg or “the Notorious RBG” as the media sometimes refers to her. Only the second woman to be named to the Supreme Court, her path to the highest […]

Vice (R) ★★½

Vice Amuses and Confuses   After a second plane crashed into the World Trade Center, Vice President Dick Cheney was whisked away to a secure bunker with other members of the National Security Council. After hearing that planes crashed into the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, Cheney authorized the military to shoot down any […]

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), […]

Ben is Back (R) ★★★½

Julia Roberts at The Top of Her Game Audiences are in for an extra dose of reality this holiday season with, Ben is Back. Starring the legendary Julia Roberts (Wonder, 2017) as Holly Burns and her son Ben, played by Lucas Hedges (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, 2017), this family drama about drug addiction will […]

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 […]

Roma (R) ★★★★

An Emotional Portrait of Director Alfonso Cuarón’s Childhood, “Roma” is a Must-See Masterpiece Inspired by his upbringing in 1970s Mexico City, Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men) created a cinematic masterpiece that is sure to receive Oscar attention. Roma is a semi-autobiographical, Spanish, black-and-white film that explores the depths of Cuarón’s ordinary […]

Free Solo (PG-13) ★★★★

A Sensational Documentary That Will Have Audiences Clenching Although the film Free Solo is technically a documentary and has nothing to do with Star Wars’ Han Solo, it’s difficult to refer to a Hollywood film that was more thrilling in 2018. This documentary is about the truly unbelievable achievements of Alex Honnold, a man who […]

Instant Family (PG-13) ★★★½

Heartwarming Tale of Finding a Family If you’ve ever wondered how the foster care system works in America, the excellent film “Instant Family” provides an up close and personal snapshot from Sean Anders the co-writer and director. Anders and his wife Beth know the foster system as in 2012 they adopted three children, (all biological […]

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (PG) ★★½

Sadly, the Four Realms Lack Heart The Christmas ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ is a popular worldwide event that’s become a tradition for families. For myself, my daughter performed in a local dance recital as a piece of candy in “The Nutcracker” at the age of five, and this mom beamed with pride. Since that performance, we […]

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (R) ★★★★

Melissa McCarthy’s Career Best Performance Based on the true story of New York’s best-selling author Lee Israel, Melissa McCarthy tackles a dramatic role giving one of the best performances of her career. Known for her slapstick comedy, McCarthy goes deep inside the psyche of the ‘down on her luck’ author to create empathy for a […]

Bohemian Rhapsody (PG-13) ★★★

Rami Malek’s Performance is Epic Any attempt to recreate the pure magic of the British rock and roll 70s band Queen—all depends upon casting the lead role of the eccentric, ultra-talented Freddie Mercury—in this case, Rami Malek as Mercury wins. Upon his first appearance, we are blown away. His stage presence is magnetic; the specific […]

Interviews

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 […]

Interview with Marc Turtletaub Director of Puzzle

MARC TURTLETAUB on PUZZLE, Kelly Macdonald and Women’s Roles — Sarah Knight Adamson interviews As producer, Marc Turtletaub has been investing cash and cred in femme-centric feature films since 2004, standing behind award-winning films such as Little Miss Sunshine with Toni Collette and Abigail Breslin, and Loving with Ruth Negga among others. Sitting in the […]

Film Festivals and Events

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 […]

Interview with Marc Turtletaub Director of Puzzle

MARC TURTLETAUB on PUZZLE, Kelly Macdonald and Women’s Roles — Sarah Knight Adamson interviews As producer, Marc Turtletaub has been investing cash and cred in femme-centric feature films since 2004, standing behind award-winning films such as Little Miss Sunshine with Toni Collette and Abigail Breslin, and Loving with Ruth Negga among others. Sitting in the […]

Chicago Film Critics 6th Annual Film Festival May 4-10 2018 Music Box Theater

(Chicago, IL) — The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), (of which I’ve been a member since 2009), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism Film Festival is finally here. The complete lineup, schedule and special guests expected for the sixth annual Chicago Critics Film Festival, […]

Ebertfest (Roger Ebert’s) 20 Anniversary Film Festival, Critical Mass Panel, Stay Tuned…

Hi everyone, check back soon as I’ve been busy attending the Ebertfest Film Festival at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Il. In addition serving as a panel member of “Critical Mass: The Future of Film Criticism” Moderated by Claudia Puig, with Sarah Knight Adamson, Nick Allen, Matt Fagerholm, Sam Fragoso, Leonard Maltin, Scott Mantz, Nell Minow, Sheila O’Malley, […]

Radio Podcasts

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 […]

Ant-Man and The Wasp (PG-13) ★★★½

New Female Superhero “The Wasp” has Equal Star Billing Paul Rudd is back in all of his goofy glory as dad (Scott Lang) also known as Ant-Man in the follow-up to Ant-Man (2015). Here’s the good news, Evangeline Lily, (Hope van Dyne) The Wasp not only has equal movie title billing, but she also works […]

Entertainment News

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? 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 Minding […]

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 […]

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