Sarah Knight Adamson

Chicago-based Sarah Knight Adamson is the film critic for the Internationally syndicated radio show Hollywood 360, broadcast on over 90 stations. She has served on film panels for the Chicago Public Library, been a juror at film festivals, and writes about film for Naperville Magazine. She is founder and publisher of Sarah’s Backstage Pass website, where her written work appears.


Articles by Sarah Knight Adamson


WOMEN ROCK THE 23RD CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS — Sarah Knight Adamson reports

Critics-Choice-Awards-logo-620x360What a joy to attend the Critics Choice Awards on the heels of the female-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, 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 are being heard. Continue reading…

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THE DISASTER ARTIST — Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

“The Disaster Artist,” rated (R), is a comedy based on the real-life story of Hollywood writer/director Tommy Wiseau. His claim to fame is a dramatic film he made, The Room,in 2003. You see, it’s so bad, that it’s actually good and has become a major cult film. Continue reading….

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WONDER — Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

“Wonder” (rated PG) is a drama and comedy based on R.J. Palacio’s best selling book of the same name. It tells the story of August (Auggie) Pullman played by Jacob Tremblay, who is barely recognizable in the film. Remember when he played that darling little boy in the film “Room” in 2015? Auggie’s a good-natured, funny and smart 10-year-old boy, who was born with noticeable facial deformities. Julia Roberts gives an amazing performance as Auggie’s devoted mom, and Owen Wilson stars as a very cool dad. Continue reading…

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MUDBOUND — Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

“Mudbound” is a drama that takes place just after WWII, on a cotton farm in Mississippi. It’s based on the novel written by Hillary Jordan with themes of poverty, racism, violence and a divided America. It stars Jason Clarke as Nate and his wife. Laura, is played by Carey Mulligan. They are landowners. Mary J. Blige stars as Florence their neighbor and sharecropper; she’s married to a sharecropper Hap, played by Rob Morgan. Continue reading…

The sons of both families played by Garret Hedlund and Jason Mitchell served in the war and return only to find bigotry and hatred all enforced by the Ku Klux Klan.

Let’s take a listen: A storekeeper asks, “How long have you been back from overseas? Hedlund replies, “Just a couple of weeks.” (A loud noise causes flashbacks of the war to enter Hedlund’s mind.) Mitchell says, “It’s alright it’s just a car, it must have backfired.”

Here’s Another Clip: Rob Morgan (Hap) says, “This place, this law, we don’t belong to them. Carey Mulligan (Laura) says, “When I think of the farm, I think of mud incrusted in our knees and hair.”

The Bottom-Line: I’m in. Four stars out of Four

This is one of the best films of 2017! I felt like I was watching a literary masterpiece projected on the big screen due to the outstanding script.

It’s based on the history of our country and the cruelties of what people had to endure and shows the bravery of the heroic people that stood up to racism.

Under stellar direction by Dee Rees, we can’t help but empathize with the hardships of the characters.

This is Sarah Knight Adamson signing off for Hollywood 360 Radio Network.

“Mudbound” air date December 2, 2017

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Ebert Fest 2017 Focuses on Empathy — Sarah Knight Adamson reports

The 19th Annual Ebertfest Film Festival, April 19-23, was held at the historic 1,525-seat Virginia Theater and the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, IL. The festival highlighted a wide array of films, panels, and Q&A’s dedicated to the theme of empathy. Continue reading…

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