Reviews

“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) ★★★½

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 […]

Wine Country (R) ★★½

Sideways + Bridesmaids = Wine Country? Inspired by real vacations, Amy Poehler makes her directional debut with Netflix’s Wine Country. The comedy kicks off with a conference call featuring six women discussing a future reunion trip. Abby (Amy Poehler, Household Name, 2017) is organizing the trip on behalf of her friend Rebecca (Rachel Dratch, Little, […]

Rocketman (R) ★★★½ Radio Podcast

“Rocketman” is a musical fantasy, of Elton John’s breakthrough years. Taron Egerton plays Elton with flamboyant style and exuberance. He also uses his own singing voice to take us down memory lane. The film gives us a rare look at Elton as a child of a loveless father played by (Steven Mackintosh) and a selfish […]

Booksmart (R) ★★★½

High School Female Honor Students Break Some Rules Olivia Wilde’s directing debut is actually ‘smart,’ and savvy, and silly—just the right ingredients for a sure-fire comedic hit. The best friend duo, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) are in the final days of High School when they ascertain their ‘extreme studious no-nonsense’ method for […]

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 […]

Interviews

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 […]

Interview with Pro Big Wave Surfer Nathan Fletcher Staring in “Heavy Water”

Nathan Fletcher grew up in a surfing legacy family on the beaches of southern California; he had a dream of jumping from a helicopter with his surfboard onto a relatively large wave and riding that wave to its duration. Known as the Acid Drop, in the documentary film, “Heavy Water” his dream is realized as […]

Film Festivals and Events

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 […]

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 […]

Critics Choice Awards 2019 (posted to RogerEbert.com)

ROMA, VICE, BLACK PANTHER WIN BIG AT 24TH CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS Energetic host Taye Diggs, kicked off the evening at the 24th Critics Choice Awards in Santa Monica, CA, with a song and dance number that honored inclusivity in this years acclaimed films, “Crazy Rich Asians,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Roma,” “Green Street” […]

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 […]

Radio Podcasts

“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) ★★★½

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 […]

Rocketman (R) ★★★½ Radio Podcast

“Rocketman” is a musical fantasy, of Elton John’s breakthrough years. Taron Egerton plays Elton with flamboyant style and exuberance. He also uses his own singing voice to take us down memory lane. The film gives us a rare look at Elton as a child of a loveless father played by (Steven Mackintosh) and a selfish […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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