A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers? Yep, it works—it works so well you’ll start shaking your head in utter wonderment as Tom Hanks has channeled Fred Rogers—his mannerisms, his quiet demeanor, his uncanny listening abilities, his deep curiosity into people’s lives, and his perceptive insight into a person’s soul.

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Filmmaker Alma Har’el on Shia LeBeouf and the Truth of HONEY BOY – Sarah Knight Adams interviews

Honey Boy, her first narrative feature film, premiered in the dramatic competition at Sundance 2019, where Alma Har’el won the Special Jury Award for Vision and Craft. Honey Boy is based on the volatile upbringing of actor Shia LeBeouf, who wrote the script during his ordered re-hab stay. He reached out to Har’el and asked her to direct the feature film about his life, with him playing the character based on his father, a rodeo-clown, haunted with regrets.

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JOKER – Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

The painfully sad backstory transformation of a depressed, clinically ill Arthur Fleck, to that of a sociopath killer, a.k.a. Joker is extremely tough to view. He’s prescribed seven different medications for depression, and tells his caseworker he wants more meds so he can stop feeling so awful. He’s told that the government is cutting back funds, and that she can do nothing more to help him, and that she’ll not be seeing him in the future. Here, society turns it’s back again on Arthur, sending a statement about mental health care.

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NATIONAL THEATER LIVE: FLEABAG – Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

Now, film enthusiasts will be able to see Phoebe Waller-Bridge’ work first-hand in her one-woman monologue through the sixty-five-minute event titled, National Theater Live: Fleabag, playing in theaters in London, and beginning this Saturday in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center, with more theaters to be announced.

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TIFF 19 Ron Howard talks DADS, Bryce Dallas and Women in Film – Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

Ron Howard beams when he’s asked to comment on his daughter’s directing debut. In Dads, Bryce Dallas Howard’s documents anecdotes, humor and wisdom told by famous Hollywood fathers Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Judd Apatow, Neil Patrick Harris and Ron Howard, among others, who answer the question, “What does it mean to be a dad in today’s society?”

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Latresia D Bobo on Memphis Film Prize, Acting Aspirations and Motherhood – Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

At this year’s Memphis Film Prize awards ceremony, when Latresia D Bobo’s name was announced as Best Actress for her starring performance in the short film Pages, she responded with a heartfelt acceptance speech that produced an emotional reaction from the crowd, some of whom even teared up. Latresia, who is a Memphis native, conveyed her thankfulness to her supporters. I, serving as a member of the Memphis Film Prize jury, was among them. Latresia a has a bright future, and I’m pleased to be in her corner.

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Memphis Film Prize 2019 Wrap – Sarah Knight Adamson reports

The Memphis Film Prize is a uniquely creative showcase for emerging talent. Filmmakers from across the country submit short films — five to fifteen minutes long — for a cash prize of $10,000. The main requirement is that the films be shot in Shelby County, Tenn. Ten films selected for the competition are screened for audiences and judges in August, and a winner is chosen. The goal of the festival is to compensate creativity, allowing filmmakers to keep their creative work moving forward. I was one of three AWFJ members on the 2019 jury.

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Lulu Wang on THE FAREWELL, Love and Her Grandmother – Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

Lulu Wang speaks about the special bond Wang shares with her grandmother and some of the qualities that she most admires in her grandmother. “My grandmother is an incredibly strong person, she actually joined the Army at age 14 as a way to escape an arranged marriage, and that speaks a lot to who she is as a person. She’s a very willful person, and she’s the one who really holds the entire family together. We’ve always had a special relationship because I’ve always been told that I take after her,” says Wang.

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Tracy Edwards on the Making of MAIDEN – Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

Maiden tells the inspirational tale of adventure on the dangerous high seas and deliberate prejudice on dry land of Tracy Edwards, skipper of the first all-female crew to enter the ‘Whitbread Round the World’ in 1989. Her teenage dream was met with male opposition; the men thought she would never finish the race, and even made bets on her failure. Potential sponsors rejected her, fearing her crew would die at sea and generate bad publicity. In spite of these obstacles, she persevered to overcome male sexism by shocking the sporting world and proving that women are very much the equals of men in yacht racing.

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ALADDIN – Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

It’s a shame, with the lavish sets, costumes, and talented actors that Aladdin’s script doesn’t develop the characters and the last forty minutes took a dark tone that lingered for too much time in a children’s film. Unfortunately, the numerous problems doom the film. Should your children see the movie? That depends if you’re okay with Jasmine’s dad the Sultan being tortured by electric shock bolts that inflict pain until she agrees to marry Jafar.

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