Reviews

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (R) ★★★★ Radio Podcast

The film is a drama based on the true story of actor and former San Francisco resident Jimmy Fails. It’s about his dream of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Jimmy Fails has said in interviews, “I know this sounds weird, but the movie is about a love story […]

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (R) ★★★½

Quentin Tarantino’s Film is a 60s Soundtrack Cinematic Masterpiece “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.” is writer and director Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to Hollywood filmmaking in the late 60s, along with his intense love of LA (which I share)—a bromance at heart between Pitt and DiCaprio, who garner Oscar-worthy performances—truly a spectacular enchanting, imaginative film! […]

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (R) ★★★

DiCaprio and Pitt Team Up For a Wild Trip through Tarantino’s Old Hollywood Since Reservoir Dogs debuted nearly three decades ago, the release of a new Quentin Tarantino film has been a marquee event for movie fanatics, and for good reason. The acclaimed writer-director only releases a new movie every three years. These films routinely […]

David Crosby: Remember My Name (R) ★★★

David Crosby Speaks from the Heart Talk about up close and personal! David Crosby, the songwriter, singer, and guitar player of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young at 76 years old talks openly reflects. Cosby narrates the film and is brutally honest on his regrets, cocaine and heroin drug use, his fears, his […]

The Lion King (PG) ★★★

The Return of the King For those who have never seen the 1994 Disney animated masterpiece The Lion King, they are most certainly living under, let’s say, Pride Rock. The film remains one of the top most memorable in Disney’s lineup and some have even claimed it’s the best animated film of all time. That […]

“The Farewell” (PG) ★★★★ Radio Podcast

A Heartfelt Look at Culture and Family Traditions “The Farewell is based on writer and director Lulu Wang’s profoundly personal experience. At the age of 6, she and her family left China & settled in NY. Years later, as an adult, her Grandmother is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Lulu and her Grandmother have a […]

Spider-Man: Far From Home (PG-13) ★★★½

Spider-Man Does Europe in “Far from Home” In April, Marvel Studios released Avengers: End Game, which was one of the biggest movie spectacles of all-time by any measure and the seeming end of an era for audiences. So, how to follow that up? A well-deserved vacation, right? Well, that’s exactly the backdrop for the newest […]

Maiden ★★★★ (PG) Documentary (Radio Podcast)

First Female Crew to Sail Around the World–Courage at High Seas “Maiden” is the true documentary story of Tracy Edwards, a skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Tracy’s dream was met with male opposition, for starters they thought she would never finish the race, they even […]

“Toy Story 4” (PG) ★★★★

Bo Peep Turns Action Hero and A Spork Toy is a New Best Friend Pixar takes its time to get the message right, and in this case, waiting nine years between “Toy Story 3” is okay by me as the film is a treasure. Currently, kids are inundated with electronic action toys and media; it’s […]

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I AM (PG-13) ★★★★

Toni Morrison is an inspiring person, she’s also uplifting and practical She worked as a published writer, editor, teacher all while being a single mother. Morrison is presented as a model of strength and resolve; that she was able to produce trailblazing books such as “Song of Solomon” and “Beloved” under such jam-packed working conditions […]

“Framing John DeLorean” ★★★★ Special Screening Followed by Q&A

The Man, the Myth, the Legend “Framing John DeLorean” is an exceptional across-the-board film that shows how a risk-taking addiction can lead to losing everything. The DeLorean historian authors, co-engineers and former employees all bring the ambiguous enigma to the forefront by sharing factual information that uncovers his true story—myth no more—the legend is revealed. […]

“Being Frank” (R)★★★

  Jim Gaffigan Plays a Dramatic Role, Although He’s Still Very Funny! Jim Gaffigan stars as Frank who is living a lie, he has two separate families, that each don’t know about the other…until his High School senior son Phillip (Logan Miller) finds out. Talk about a crazy scenario, he has two wives, two sons and […]

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Interviews

“For Sama” Interviews with Directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts and Dr. Hamza al-Kateab

Directors Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts and Dr. Hamza al-Kateab Discuss the Making of “For Sama” “For Sama” has been championed as, “One of the most important films you’ll ever see in your life.” At the age of 21, Wadd al-Khateab, a college student in Aleppo, began filming the uprising in Syria. She continued filming for […]

Interview with Lulu Wang “The Farewell”

Lulu Wang screenwriter and director of “The Farewell” interview touches on her gratefulness to Roger and Chaz Ebert for being chosen for a Directing Fellowship, the qualities of a strong grandparent role model, and the Chinese culture definition of love in terms of ‘conditional vs. unconditional.” Lulu Wang and I met for an interview on […]

Dacre Montgomery and Cary Elwes “Stranger Things 3” Interview

Stranger Things Season 3, Dacre Montgomery and Cary Elwes, Talk 4th of July 🇺🇸, Mullet Hairstyle, Lifeguarding, Sleazy Politicians, Dark Themes and More! The 4th of July is traditionally celebrated with apple pie, BBQ’s and fireworks, along with a blockbuster summer movie; “Stranger Things” fans will no doubt be glued to the small screen July 4, […]

Tracy Edwards Interview, “Maiden”

Tracy Edwards on the Making of “Maiden” Director Alex Holmes, tells the inspirational tale of adventure on the dangerous high seas and deliberate prejudice on dry land of Tracy Edwards, the star of his new documentary “Maiden.” It’s the true story of her journey as skipper of the first all-female crew to enter the ‘Whitbread […]

Miranda Bailey Interview, Director “Being Frank”

Miranda Bailey, talks about her childhood parent’s separation, being a female in the filmmaking business, her role models and more. My interview with Miranda Bailey occurred in the beautiful Peninsula Hotel in Chicago, on June 10, 2019, she’s the director of the film “Being Frank.” This is her directing debut, in a movie that is […]

Jim Gaffigan Interview “Being Frank”

Jim Gaffigan gets candid about his role in “Being Frank,” his college football days, his family vacations, doing standup in our ‘politically correct’ culture world, and more. Jim Gaffigan, (Frank) and Logan Miller, (Phillip) play father and son in the movie “Being Frank,” directed by Miranda Bailey. It’s the story of a dad who is […]

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Film Festivals and Events

Memphis Film Prize 2019- It’s a Wrap, a Juror’s View

It’s a Wrap: Memphis Film Prize 2019 August 2-4 The Memphis Film Prize is a uniquely creative showcase for emerging talent. Filmmakers from across the country submit their short film — between five and fifteen minutes long — for a cash prize of $10,000. The main requirement is that the films must be shot in […]

TIFF Update: Joaquin Phoenix to Receive Tribute Actor Award

JOAQUIN PHOENIX TO RECEIVE TIFF TRIBUTE ACTOR AWARD AT INAUGURAL TRIBUTE GALA TORONTO​ — Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, today announced that three-time Academy Award–nominatedactorJ​ oaquinPhoenix​willbehonouredwithoneoftwoT​ IFFTributeActorAwards​atthis year’s TIFF Tribute Gala awards event. Taking place on Monday, September 9 at Fairmont Royal York, during the 44th Toronto International Film Festival, the Gala is […]

Toronto International Film Festival 2019 Documentary Lineup

TIFF 2019 DOCUMENTARY LINEUP INCLUDES WORLD PREMIERES OF THE CAVE,​ ​AND WE GO GREEN​, ​DADS,​ ​DESERT ONE,​ ​RED PENGUINS​, ​SING ME A SONG​, T​HE CAPOTE TAPES,​ AND ​BIKRAM: YOGI, GURU, PREDATOR The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5–15, 2019. Slate includes new work from Feras Fayyad, Barbara Kopple, Bryce Dallas Howard, Thomas Balmès, […]

Looking Back on San Diego Comic Con 2019 by Erika S. Olson

Now that I’ve almost fully recovered from my 5 crazy days at San Diego Comic-Con, it’s time to recap some of the highlights. For anyone unfamiliar with San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), it’s an annual pop-culture-centric convention that’s now in its 50thyear. While its initial focus was actual comic books, over the decades it’s morphed and grown […]

Mendocino Film Festival 2019: A Conversation with Claudia Puig—A Film Critic’s View as a Narrative Jury Member

Check out my Mendocino Film Festival 2019 Article on Rogerebert.com Any successful Film Festival involves countless hours of planning, preparation, and networking; and I found the wide variety of films, special guests, panels, and events fantastic at the Mendocino Film Festival. Program Director Claudia Puig invited me to serve on the Narrative Jury as well […]

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 […]

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Radio Podcasts

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (R) ★★★★ Radio Podcast

The film is a drama based on the true story of actor and former San Francisco resident Jimmy Fails. It’s about his dream of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Jimmy Fails has said in interviews, “I know this sounds weird, but the movie is about a love story […]

David Crosby: Remember My Name (R) ★★★

David Crosby Speaks from the Heart Talk about up close and personal! David Crosby, the songwriter, singer, and guitar player of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young at 76 years old talks openly reflects. Cosby narrates the film and is brutally honest on his regrets, cocaine and heroin drug use, his fears, his […]

“The Farewell” (PG) ★★★★ Radio Podcast

A Heartfelt Look at Culture and Family Traditions “The Farewell is based on writer and director Lulu Wang’s profoundly personal experience. At the age of 6, she and her family left China & settled in NY. Years later, as an adult, her Grandmother is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Lulu and her Grandmother have a […]

Maiden ★★★★ (PG) Documentary (Radio Podcast)

First Female Crew to Sail Around the World–Courage at High Seas “Maiden” is the true documentary story of Tracy Edwards, a skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Tracy’s dream was met with male opposition, for starters they thought she would never finish the race, they even […]

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I AM (PG-13) ★★★★

Toni Morrison is an inspiring person, she’s also uplifting and practical She worked as a published writer, editor, teacher all while being a single mother. Morrison is presented as a model of strength and resolve; that she was able to produce trailblazing books such as “Song of Solomon” and “Beloved” under such jam-packed working conditions […]

“Being Frank” (R)★★★

  Jim Gaffigan Plays a Dramatic Role, Although He’s Still Very Funny! Jim Gaffigan stars as Frank who is living a lie, he has two separate families, that each don’t know about the other…until his High School senior son Phillip (Logan Miller) finds out. Talk about a crazy scenario, he has two wives, two sons and […]

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Entertainment News

Dacre Montgomery and Cary Elwes “Stranger Things 3” Interview

Stranger Things Season 3, Dacre Montgomery and Cary Elwes, Talk 4th of July 🇺🇸, Mullet Hairstyle, Lifeguarding, Sleazy Politicians, Dark Themes and More! The 4th of July is traditionally celebrated with apple pie, BBQ’s and fireworks, along with a blockbuster summer movie; “Stranger Things” fans will no doubt be glued to the small screen July 4, […]

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 all Sundance Festival winners!  “Honeyland” – There’s plenty of buzzing in “Honeyland” the observational documentary from Macedonia that chronicles nomadic mountainside beekeepers daily routine. […]

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 […]

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