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.

Birdman (R) ★★★★

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Michael Keaton stars in ‘Birdman’ Photo Credit:

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Liv Ullmann Interview posted to RogerEbert.com

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Liv Ullmann shown here Red Carpet 50th Chicago International Film Festival, October 2014 Photo Credit: Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images

Check out my interview with Liv Ullmann posted to RogerEbert.com

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Still Alice (PG-13) ★★★★

Julianne Moore stars in "Still Alice." Photo Credit: Sony Pictures.

Julianne Moore stars in “Still Alice.” Photo Credit: Sony Pictures.

An Unforgettable Performance by Julianne Moore

Even if you don’t have an immediate loved one who is affected, you may know someone who is. More than five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number continues to grow.

Writers and directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland produced an excellent film that centers on the raw emotions behind such a difficult subject.

Still Alice, adapted by the bestseller of the same name by Lisa Genova, zooms in on the life of Alice Howland (Julianne Moore, Non-Stop 2014). Alice is in her early 50s and happily married (Alec Baldwin, Blue Jasmine, 2013) with three grown children – Anna (Kate Bosworth, Homefront 2013), Lydia (Kristen Stewart, Camp X-Ray, 2014) and Tom (Hunter Parrish, The Good Wife, 2013-2014). She’s a well-known linguistics professor at Columbia University, who ironically starts to forget words. One day, while jogging through Columbia’s campus, Alice soon realizes that she has no idea where she is. After her disoriented incident, Alice’s fears quickly ramp up, and she immediately sees a doctor in fear of cancer. Several appointments later, Alice receives her devastating and shocking diagnosis: early-onset Alzheimer’s. The icing on the cake is that not only is this a rare form being early on-set, but it is also genetic. The Howland family quickly finds their bonds being tested.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (PG-13) ★★★

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Jennifer Lawrence is back as Katniss Everdeen. Photo Credit: Lionsgate

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Listen Up Philip (R) ★★★½

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Jason Schwartzman and Elizabeth Moss star in ‘Listen Up Phillip’ Photo Credit: Washington Square Films

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The 50th Chicago International Film Festival Recap by Kay Eller

Chicago International Film Festival Recap 2014

From opening night, October 9, 2014, until the last film on October 22, the special anniversary of the 50th Chicago International Film Festival was “film-tastic” as always! The “24” films that I viewed at the festival, with the exception of Miss Julie, were all shown at the AMC River East Theaters.

In summing up the festival, I find that it is reminiscent of being on a world cruise. Every stop (film) is a new experience to embark upon a country’s culture. The cinematography leaves lasting snapshots in your memory, evoking different senses in each frame. First, it is a lush, tropical landscape; the next, a snow-covered ski village, then to a hidden beach beckoning romance with its shimmering waves.

The varied plot lines take you to a family celebration with ethnic foods along with music that is enhanced with a draping of dramatic overtones to a silly song inducing an outburst of laughter. Will you prefer elegant candlelight dining to a homemade sandwich in a sunny park? Will it be a spirit-filled evening in a church or late night clubbing into the wee hours? Before you sail on, you’ll have just one more stop: Q&A’s with the directors, to ask questions that you simply must know the answers to, or just to commend their talent and labor on their recent creations.

Again, this year’s 50th CIFF offered a five-star “port of call” for everyone’s film itinerary from features to shorts. And I can’t wait to book a passage on the 51st CIFF. If only they’d sell chocolate gelato in the theater next year. Read more…

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