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.

Ted Roach Interview ‘120 Days’ ★★★★ Napa Valley Film Festival


Ted Roach, director, ‘120 Days’ Photo Credit: Ted Roach

120 Days is a ‘Must See’ Brilliant, Absorbing Film by Director Ted Roach

GWIFFposterThe documentary 120 Days is a riveting “eye-opener” that presents the U.S. immigration debate through the lives of one undocumented family—Miguel Cortes, his wife, and his teenage daughters. The Cortes family settled in Raleigh, North Carolina, where they lived for the past ten years. Setting a solid role model for their children, they contributed to their community as active participants in city programs and they were also regular members of a church – nonetheless, suddenly, their American dream turned into a nightmare. Miguel, during a routine traffic stop, couldn’t produce a driver’s license or the proper paperwork validating his U. S. citizenship. He was given “120 days” to prepare to leave the country and return to Mexico.

MiguelMirror2015Ted Roach, director of 120 Days, got involved with the filming of their ordeal through a family friend. I caught up with Roach via phone on October 24. His outstanding film will be shown at the Napa Valley Film Festival.

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Spotlight (R) ★★★

Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, and Stanley Tucci star in "Spotlight." Photo Credit: Open Road Films

Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Liev Schreiber star in “Spotlight.” Photo Credit: Open Road Films

Old Fashioned Journalism Makes for Great Modern Day Bio Drama

With the new age of reporting, society often forgets about those behind the scenes of a story. While newspaper teams are enduring budget cuts and reporters are finding their laps overwhelmed with a variety of different beats, their profession has only become more critical.

In the bio-drama Spotlight by writer-director Tom McCarthy (The Cobbler, 2015), the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Spotlight” team of investigative journalists shocks the world in 2002 after uncovering the Catholic Church’s massive molestation scandal within their local Archdiocese that was perpetrated by more than 70 local priests.

Despite taking place in the early 2000s, the film is fairly straightforward and feels fresh, perhaps that’s why it feels so impactful. Even if you’ve been following the news over the last decade, the investigation still builds suspense and instills uneasy tension. The unfortunate storyline mirrors actual reporting in that it starts with something small, but gradually snowballs, gathering new leads and testimonies that meld together into an emotional, controversial and shocking report. Some audiences may find that the information gathering period may drag a bit, but it’s necessary for building the authenticity of the reporting. Again, just like good reporting, McCarthy is successfully able to acknowledge the Globe’s fine work, but doesn’t glorify the reporting team or position them as heroes. They are simply doing their job – telling the story like it is. Read more…

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Spectre (PG-13) ★★★½


Daniel Craig is James Bond in his final Bond movie. Photo Credit: Sony Pictures

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Bridge of Spies (PG-13) ★★★½


‘Bridge of Spies’ stars Tom Hanks and is directed by Steven Spielberg. Photo Credit: Dreamworks

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Big Stone Gap (PG-13) ★★★


‘Big Stone Gap’ based on the best selling books. Photo Credit:

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The Peanuts Movie


‘The Peanuts Movie’ Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

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