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.

Mad Max: Fury Road (R) ★★★★

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Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron star in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road.’ Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Listen to Sarah Knight Adamson’s Radio Review Sat. evenings 10:06 CST on Hollywood 360 Radio Network,in Chicago listen to WINDam 560. The podcast will be posted after the film segment has aired.

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Pitch Perfect 2 (PG-13) ★ ★½

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Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson star. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Listen to Sarah Knight Adamson’s Radio Review Sat. evenings 10:06 CST on Hollywood 360 Radio Network,in Chicago listen to WINDam 560. The podcast will be posted after the film segment has aired.

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Far From the Madding Crowd (PG-13) ★★★½

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Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts star in the film based on Thomas Hardy’s novel. Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

Listen to Sarah Knight Adamson’s Radio Review Sat. evenings 10:06 CST on Hollywood 360 Radio Network,in Chicago listen to WINDam 560. The podcast will be posted after the film segment has aired.

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Hot Pursuit (PG-13) ★★★

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Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon star in this comedy. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Listen to Sarah Knight Adamson’s Radio Review Sat. evenings 10:06 CST on Hollywood 360 Radio Network,in Chicago listen to WINDam 560. The podcast will be posted after the film segment has aired.

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I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (PG) ★★★★

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‘I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story’ is the biography of Caroll Spinney. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Listen to Sarah Knight Adamson’s Radio Review Sat. evenings 10:06 CST on Hollywood 360 Radio Network,in Chicago listen to WINDam 560. The podcast will be posted after the film segment has aired.

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Academy Awards Telecast to Benefit Variety of Illinois Children’s Charity Celebrates 10 Years

The 10th Annual Variety of Illinois Oscar Charity Event orchestrated by Angelique Barthel, Executive Director of Variety of Illinois was a colossal success. The Red Carpet was rolled out February 22 for the live telecast of the 87th Academy Awards at Hollywood Blvd. Theater in Woodridge, Illinois.

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Hollywood Palms Theater Woodridge, IL.

Barthel reflects on what she’s learned after ten years of planning the Oscar Charity Event about people and giving.

“The generosity of our sponsors and guests never ceases to amaze me; probably because I get to see what happens with the money raised afterward. I want everyone who is a part of this event to know that they are part of changing children’s lives for the better and no matter what it takes to put this event together, it’s always worth it.”

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Event goers received a swag bag full of goodies, a stroll on the Red Carpet, a fashion trophy if chosen by the fashion police team, their photo snapped − all while sipping Coppola Winery’s ‘Sofia Blanc De Blancs’ sparking wine. A silent auction was ongoing with movie themed memorabilia, spa baskets, Chicago sports keepsakes, cooking classes, yoga classes and much more. Two major prizes were given to winners of the raffle; a pair of ½ carat diamond earrings and the Ultimate Movie Fan Package valued at over $500 with an American Idol director’s chair and Coke cooler.

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And why is this charity event so popular? Barthel said, “I think it’s provided a unique opportunity to celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night in an environment that offers a small taste of the actual experience of going to the Oscars! Our guests love dressing up, the red carpet photos and seeing the show on the big screen at a reasonable ticket price − that’s what our guests love about Variety Oscar Night. We also have an awesome hostess.”

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The ‘sold-out’ event host for the sixth consecutive year was Sarah Knight Adamson a seven-year member of both the Chicago Film Critics Association, and a new member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Adamson can be heard weekly reviewing two films on the internationally syndicated radio show Hollywood 360 Radio Network. In Chicago the station is WINDam560, her website www.SarahsBackstagePass.com contains entertainment news, celebrity interviews, film reviews and radio podcasts.

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While guest viewed the awards show on the big-screen they marked their ballots, cheered on the winners, won prizes for trivia during commercial breaks and bid on silent auction items.

Board members Linda Mastandrea and John Bosca of the Variety Charity of Illinois were also present.

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The ‘Fashion Police’ team consisted of Jessica Aymond a Chicago resident and Chicago Film Critic with the CFCA, as well as a staff member of Sarah’s Backstage Pass (SBP), along with Kathrine LeBlanc from Denver, Co. also a staff member and writer for (SBP) and Martha Hinkle from Green Bay, Wis. Laura Vogel, a Chicago resident and staff member of (SBP), served as photographer inside the theater to capture all of the excitement.

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