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

 

A QUIET PLACE — Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

Shh…Don’t Say a Word. Sci-fi giant spider-like creatures can’t see you—so no need to hide—except, if they hear you—they’ll kill you instantly. That’s the premise of this tightly edited, spine-tingling sci-fi horror film. Be prepared for 95 minutes of suspense building, nerve-wracking drama as a family attempts to survive in a dystopian world where making a sound means certain death. Continue reading….

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ALL I WISH — Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

Should a 60-yr-old actress permanently be typecast as a mom or a grandma? Sharon Stone can answer that question with an emphatic no way! When first-time director Susan Walters took a chance on a major script change from Stone, she opened the anti-ageism floodgates for all females. You see, Walters sent the script to Stone inquiring if she’d play the lead’s mom—Stone replied back that it would be more interesting to play the lead daughter role, not to mention it’s a storyline viewers haven’t seen before. When Walters replied that that the character she had in mind wears a bikini, plays beach volleyball, smokes pot, dances in bars, drinks shots, doesn’t want marriage and has casual sex, Stone sent the message, “Don’t change a thing other than the age.” Sharon Stone still rocks. Continue reading…

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I KILL GIANTS — Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

I Kill Giants, the story of a preteen who stuggles with family trauma is based on the graphic comic book series of the same name. The series was written in 2008 by comic book writer Joe Kelly, of Deadpool and Uncanny X-Men fame with artist J. M. Ken Niimura. Danish filmmaker Anders Walter directs his debut feature. If you’ve read all seven issues of the graphic novels, it would seem conceivable to adapt the series into a feature film, as the work is astonishing. The undertaking would be no easy feat – as the casting, as well as the narrative for the main star absolutely, has to be spot on. Here, the casting of the pre-teen is perfect. Continue reading…

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TOMB RAIDER — Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

Yes, it’s a Non-stop Vvdeo-game with little pizazz. Tomb Raider (PG-13) stars Swedish actress Alicia Vikander in the remake of Laura Croft -Tomb Raider, made in 2001 and starring Angelia Jolie. Both editions are based on a popular video game. Continue reading…

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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…

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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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