Crazy Heart (PG-13) ★★★★

Jeff Bridges in His Finest Performance to Date

This film is not a musical, but it is most definitely about the world of music where musicians can rise to stardom and then fade away … Read more

Invictus (PG-13) ★★★★

Hollywood Presents an Important History Lesson

Invictus above all things is ‘inspirational.’ This movie provides us with the history of South Africa in the year 1990 when Nelson Mandela came into office during a time … Read more

Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG) ★★★☆

Mr. Fox on the Big Screen is Sure to Delight Roald Dahl Fan

A first look-see at Mr. Fox on the screen may result in unexpected gasps of wow! You’ll no doubt wonder what the … Read more

Up In The Air (R) ★★★★

George Clooney Soars to New Heights

“Up in the Air” is directed by Jason Reitman who also co-wrote the screenplay. He’s the Academy Award nominated director of the mega-hit  “Juno” (2007). The story is based … Read more

Avatar (PG-13) ★★★★

He’s “King of the World” on Pandora!

James Cameron from “Titanic 1997” Academy Award winning fame (11 Oscars®) has given us undoubtedly another incredible film. “Avatar” written and directed by Cameron is a visual 3D … Read more

The Men Who Stare At Goats (R) ★★★☆

Off-beat Comedy Based on a True Story (Well Maybe…)

George Clooney is the main draw for this off-beat Cohen Bros-like film. Oh—and if you are longing for a reacquaintance with the ‘long-haired hippie guy’ Jeff … Read more

Pirate Radio (R) ★★★★

This Boat Will Rock Your World

“Pirate Radio” is a heartfelt trip down rock and roll memory lane, one that is totally delightful and musically entertaining.  Rock and roll is the main feature here as … Read more

Disney's A Christmas Carol (PG) ★★★☆

Bah Humbug! This Scrooge REALLY Means It!

Academy Award winning director Robert Zemeckis brings us this classic tale in motion capture animation. To refresh your memory, Zemeckis is the director for all of the Back Read more

Precious (R) ★★★★

Portrait of a Teen Stricken with Ghastly Parents

Precious is an emotionally-raw film that takes you inside the ghetto of Harlem in 1987 and doesn’t let you out until long after the credits are rolling. … Read more

The Blind Side (PG-13) ★★★★

An Incredible Story Based On Love

“The Blind Side,” boasts a strong script centering on the heartwarming inspirational true story of a homeless black teen (Michael Oher).  He’s adopted by a wealthy white family who … Read more

Teri Garr Interview

Actress Teri Garr from the film “Young Frankenstein”Read more

Spike Jonze and Catherine Keener Interview

I interviewed Spike Jonze writer and director of “Where The Wild Things Are” in Chicago at the Trump Hotel. Catherine Keener who plays Max’s mom in the film was also present.

Backstage Notes:

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Michael Stuhlbarg Interview “The Serious Man” New Cohen Brothers Film

My interview with Michael Stuhlbarg was the first of the day and as luck may have it while waiting in the chic lobby of the Trump Tower Hotel in Chicago I spotted Michael out of … Read more

Paper Heart (PG-13) ★★★★

Paper Heart’s main theme is love or the notion of love. Charlyne Yi, (Knocked Up 2008) is a talented actress, writer, comedian and artist. At the beginning of this documentary, she proclaims that she doesn’t … Read more

Paranormal Activity (R) ★★★☆

Yes, This One Will Scare You!

“Paranormal Activity” is just the kind of scary film that I can sit through in a dark movie theater and appreciate. It’s not a slasher film nor one of … Read more

A Serious Man (R) ★★★★

The Coen Brothers Get Seriously Personal

Be prepared for a multi-layered film that reaches out and dares you to examine your own upbringing and core value beliefs. Also be prepared for a seriously funny film! … Read more

Astro Boy (PG) ★☆

Great Visuals, Storyline Too Depressing for Kids

The film is an animated science fiction story based on the Japanese comic book character ‘Astro Boy.’ The look is futuristic with elements of a ‘Jetsons World’— space … Read more

Zombieland (R) ★★★

Zombies Invade Chicago During a Red Carpet Event

I’m not a big fan of horror films so the fact that this film is basically a comedy loosely based on horror is ok with me. I … Read more

On The Red Carpet with Harold Ramis – “Year One” Premiere

Sarah’s Backstage Pass attended a Red Carpet event for the premiere of the film Year One and the honoring of Harold Ramis, the recipient of the Just For Laughs Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is … Read more

Rumer Willis Interview

The interview took place in an elaborate suite at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Chicago in September of 2009. Rumer was on a press junket for her film “Sorority Row.” She’s the daughter of Demi … Read more

Julie & Julia (PG-13) ★★★★

Culinary Cinematic Delight

If this film doesn’t coerce you to drag out those old cookbooks and begin whipping up some savory dishes for you and your significant other, than I’m not sure what will! The … Read more

Ponyo (G) ★★★★

Magical Story that will Entertain and Teach Your Children

Parents and Grandparents of pre-schoolers and grade school kids, run–don’t walk to your local cinema as “Ponyo” is the film for you! Artistically and visually this … Read more

The September Issue (PG-13) ★★★

This film is a documentary directed by R.J. Cutler which conveys the painstaking process of how Vogue magazine compiles its ‘Fall fashion Bible,’ the September issue. In 2007, the September issue of Vogue weighed nearly … Read more

500 Days of Summer (PG) ★★★

Relationships Aren’t Always Easy 

Summer (Zooey Deschanel) stars in this heart-wrenching story about what it feels like to be in love and how it essentially feels to be ‘dumped.’  The title, “500 days … Read more