Sarah Knight Adamson is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and a voting member for the Critics Choice Awards for Movies.

Sarah Knight Adamson and Jessica Aymond are both Members of the Chicago Film Critics Association

Film Rating Code:

★★★★ Outstanding Film- Run, don’t walk to the nearest movie theater.

★★★½ Excellent Film- Highly recommend seeing the film in a movie theater.

★★★ Very Good Film- Recommend seeing the film in a movie theater.

★★½ Good Film- Wait for the DVD, the film is still worth viewing.

★★ Wait for the DVD and proceed with caution.

★½ Wait for the DVD the film has major problems in most areas.

★ Can’t recommend the film.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (PG-13) ★★½

Fearless Teens Give Us—Running, Running, and More Running 

After 11 months of delayed production, due to lead actor Dylan O’Brien’s (Thomas) serious onset head injury, the finale brings the dystopian saga cast together again. Originally scheduled to be released February 2017, there’s been an overdue wait time. However, I applaud filmmakers for making sure their star was completely able to return to work all those typically long hours. What I find fault with isn’t the wait time; it’s the overstuffed script with drawn out scenes that are in dire need of editing. I’m sorry to say, one death scene with black blood and creepy purple popping veins went on so long that  you’re seriously wanting it to “just be over already.” 

An electrifying speeding train stunt bursts onscreen as the opening—and just like that—we are immersed back into the world of zombies, mad scientists, violence, comradery, torture, and heroes. Fans of the series will not be disappointed, especially if they’ve read the young adult books by James Dashner, as they will also have the advantage of knowing the back-story. If, in fact, one hasn’t seen the other two films, well, they’ll spend 143 minutes in their own maze of confusion and misunderstanding—good luck with that

Bringing you up to speed, this science-fiction story centers on a plague that has killed most of the adult population in the world. Scientists have been experimenting on kids to find an antidote named Death Cure. The maze, as described in the book and visually recreated in the first film—which, by the way, is fantastic; alas, in Death Cure, that really cool maze has been replaced by what appears to be an abandoned underground tunnel or a boring vacant parking garage. I’m not sure, but the is as huge as the maze is the main element of the story. Read more…

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12 Strong (R) ★★★ Radio Podcast and Transcript🎙

12 Strong Tagline: “19 men attacked our country. The 12 of you will be the first ones to fight back.”

Here’s a true American war drama by Warner Bros. that’s based on the book Horse Soldiers, written by Doug Stanton. It tells the story of CIA Officers and US Special forces that were sent to Afghanistan immediately after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Chris Hemsworth stars as Captain Mitch Nelson, along with Michael Shannon plays Chief Warrant Officer Hal Spencer, and Michel Pena is portrayed by soldier Sam Diller, bringing a dry sense of humor to the team.

We learn of the brotherhood of soldiers and their team; the brotherhood is at the base of everything, it’s one of the reasons they continue to do this—yes, to serve their country, but also that brotherhood. There’s nothing like that relationship.

Twelve-year Navy veteran Kenny Sheard, who also served in Afghanistan, appears in the film as the team’s senior medic, Bill Bennett. Bennett talked about the bond in the press notes, “That bond is very important because anything anyone does in the military, they know it’s a team effort. So it felt right to have that camaraderie be a major aspect of the story.”

The ensemble cast also included another real-life military veteran: Jack Kesy, who plays Charles Jones, he served in the United States Marines. He was actually just a few blocks from the World Trade Center when it fell, and served overseas in its aftermath.

When the team is sent to convince General Abdul Rashid Dostum, (Navid Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. Upon arrival, he informs them the only way to fight in the rugged terrain was to ride horses. All 12 soldiers fought against insurmountable odds.

Here’s a clip: Hemsworth speaking, “Every step we take will be on a mine field through a hundred different wars. Odds are we don’t all make it out alive. Shannon, “If we don’t take that city the world trade center is just the beginning.”

The director is Nicolai Fuglsig and the writer is Ted Tally and Peter Craig.  
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Women and a Child Actress Rocked the 23rd Critics Choice Awards

What a joy to attend the Critics Choice Awards on the heels of the women-driven Golden Globes Awards earlier in the week, as women across the globe were inspired by Oprah’s Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech. The mood Thursday evening, January 11, 2018 was exciting to say the least. Everywhere you looked, women−whether celebrities or critics—were beaming. Yes, the room was euphoric in celebration, as finally our voices have been heard.

The accomplished Critics Choice Awards host for the evening, Olivia Munn, is an actor, author, and activist that kept the evening lively while maintaining a light touch with the pacing. Continue Reading on Roger Women Rock the 23rd Critics Choice Awards by Sarah Knight Adamson

A few photos of the Critics Choice Awards in sunny Santa Monica California.☀️

SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 11: Host Olivia Munn speaks onstage during The 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Olivia Munn

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (9315355cf)
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Critics’ Choice Awards, Show, Los Angeles, USA – 11 Jan 2018

Brooklynn Prince (7 years old) gives a heartfelt acceptance speech for Best Young Actor/Actress Award for her role in “The Florida Project.”

And the winner is…

Sarah Knight Adamson and Gary Oldman (Best Actor) “The Darkest Hour” Backstage at the Critics Choice Awards 2018.

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Jane Documentary ★★★★ Radio Podcast and Transcript 🎙


The film is a biographical documentary about the life of primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall starting from 1960 until present day.

You’ll view never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years.

Writer/director Brett Morgen tells the story of a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and changed our understanding of the natural world.

Audio Clip: Jane Goodall speaking, “Day after day in the sun and he wind and the rain I climbed into the hills, this is where I was meant to coexist.” Read more…

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The Commuter ★★ (PG-13) Radio Podcast and Transcript🎙

The Commuter

Liam Neeson stars in yet again; another action film where his family is threatened with death−and, yet again he’s in a race against the clock as time is never on his side. The Commuter is an action and drama from Lionsgate Studio. Neeson, a seasoned action-hero found success in the genre with the film Taken. Here he reunites with French director Jaume Collet-Serra as their three films: Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run All Night, were box office hits.

Neeson plays an ex-cop who changed jobs ten years ago to work as an insurance salesman. At the beginning of the film, we view his daily train commute into New York City band are introduced to his everyday riders. One particular day appears to start out normally like every other day except the commute home becomes a nightmare.

He’s blackmailed by a mysterious unnamed woman played by Vera Farmiga into finding the identity of a passenger on a train before the last stop.

Audio clip−Farmiga, “Someone on this train doesn’t belong, all you have to do is find them. In the bathroom, there is $75,000 only if you do this one little thing.” Read more…

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Paddington 2 (PG) ★★★½


Paddington 2 Teaches Life Lessons: Be Kind, Polite and Look for the Good in Others

Oh, that sweet-natured, adorable Paddington bear is back−here’s the good news−the sequel is better than the original. It’s been three years since Paddington (2015) premiered to fairly good reviews; however, my complaint with the film was the lack of innovative storytelling. Nicole Kidman as the curator of the Natural History Museum plotted to exterminate Paddington by stuffing him as her prize exhibit. Really? Honestly−that plot-line is too morbid for a children’s film.

Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) the Peruvian lovable bear’s follow-up offers a flawless balance of comedy − and creative ‘kid-centered’ storytelling, featuring Brittan’s own suave Hugh Grant as yester-year circus actor Phoenix Buchanan. Director Simon Curtis of Goodbye Christopher Robin specified in our interview this past October while referring to another beloved bear, Winnie the Pooh, “It’s not easy playing opposite children or animals and in this case a cuddly smiley, stuffed bear.” Certainly, the sentiment applies to Hugh Grant and the beloved Paddington however, Grant nearly steals the film. He’s downright fantastic, be sure to stay for the ending credits, as you’ll be entertained by Grant in a musical revenue song and dance number that is sure to garner a smile or chuckle by the mere thought of it.

Paddington 2 felt fun and enjoyable−if not to me at least, a tad surprising. I wasn’t expecting to love the film as much as I did; in my line of work, unfortunately, I’ve become cynical−more often than not, disenchantment is the norm. The mere premise of Paddington’s character, with his very clear set of old-fashioned values he learned from his Aunt Lucy in Peru –he’s always kind and polite, and looks for the good in everyone − is every parents dream in raising their children. These simple, yet powerful lessons should serve as a cue for everyone. At the same time, filmmakers incorporated themes that are close to the source material from which Paddington hails. He was first introduced in Michael Bond’s 1958 book A Bear Called Paddington. Bond wrote more than 20 volumes featuring the blue coat, red hat wearing, marmalade sandwich-loving bear, which have sold over 35 million copies.

The themes here are central to Paddington’s character; he typically gets himself into all kinds of trouble by his innocence. Here he decides to work as a window washer to save money for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday present. One can just imagine the countless jams encounters. The animators must have had a field day, to say the least, and we are the benefactors. Lots of comedic situations with many different types of people. Read more…

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