Top Ten Movies of 2010

The Fighter 127 Hours The Social Network The Black Swan Inception The Town Despicable Me Iron Man 2 Date Night Winter’s Bone Shutter Island… Read more

It's Kind of A Funny Story (PG-13) ★★★

Keir Gilchrist and Zack Galifianakis in “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”

Not Really a Funny Story…But a Good Message

Sixteen-year old Craig (played by Keir Gilchrist “Hungry Hills” 2009) feels like his world is … Read more

The Fighter (R) ★★★☆

Left to right: Mark Wahlberg plays “Irish” Micky Ward, Jack McGee plays George Ward, Melissa Leo plays Alice Ward, Christian Bale plays Dicky Eklund and Jackson Nicoll plays Little Dicky in THE FIGHTER.© 2010 Fighter,… Read more

Black Swan (R) ★★★★

Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

Perfectionism − Should be Considered a Character Flaw

“Black Swan” stars Natalie Portman in her most riveting role to date. She carries the film to great lengths and in most … Read more

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 ★★★☆

Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Daniel Radcliffe

An Ominous Beginning to the Bitter End

“These are dark times, there’s no denying,” declares the Minister of Magic, portrayed by Bill Nighy. Truer words were never spoken. … Read more

Beauty and the Beast on BluRay/DVD ★★★★

Robby Benson voices the Beast and Paige O’Hara voices Belle

Disney’s Diamond Edition of “Beauty and the Beast” Is a Gem

It is hard to believe that it has been 19 years since Disney’s “Beauty … Read more

127 Hours (R) ★★★★

James Franco stars in ‘127 Hours’

Okay Kids−Always Tell Your Mother Where You Are Going!

Here’s an example of what happens when a seasoned director; Academy Award winner Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire” 2008) meets up … Read more

Chicago International Film Festival 46th Boasts Big Talent

46th Chicago International Film Festival

The staff of Sarah’s Backstage Pass used the old adage, ‘divide and conquer’ in approaching coverage of the 46th annual Chicago International Film Festival Oct. 7th through October 21, 2010. … Read more

Hereafter (PG-13) ★★★☆

Cecile De France and Matt Damon in “Hereafter”

He Sees Dead People When He Grips Your Hand

Clint Eastwood directs a very different type of film, that some will probably not like due to the … Read more

Stone (R) ★★★

Robert De Niro as Jack and Edward Norton as Stone.

Edward Norton as Stone Gives a Haunting Performance

John Curran (“The Painted Veil” 2006) directs a layered, compelling film centering on four main characters’ secrets, … Read more

Secretariat (PG) ★★★☆

(L-R) Diane Lane, Nelsan Ellis, Otto Thorwarth and John Malkovich in “Secretariat”.

The Perfect Family Film − Crossing All Generations

Disney’s “Secretariat” is a heartwarming story about an amazing race horse and its owner, Penny … Read more

The Social Network (PG-13) ★★★★

Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker and Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network.

Friend Me, Tag Me in a Photo, Post on My Wall − Facebook Fans Rejoice as this Critic Clicks: Read more

The Town (R) ★★★☆

Ben Affleck in The Town.

Action Thriller Solidifies Affleck’s Talent as a Director

If Gone Baby Gone (2007) made you sit up and take notice, then The Town just might inspire you to stand up … Read more

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13) ★★★

You Won’t Sleep Through This One

Oliver Stone, director of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, is beginning to grow on me. Yes, I’m even a bit surprised myself by this turn of events. And − … Read more

Catfish (PG-13) ★★★☆

Nev talking with Megan

Online Friendship Becomes Personal on Many Levels

From the get-go, Catfish draws you in and doesn’t let you go until the credits are rolling. It’s human nature to be, somewhat, ‘nosey’ … Read more

Going the Distance (R) ★★★☆

Drew Barrymore as Erin  Going the DistancePoster Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis,Justin Long and Barrymore Click on images to view larger version.

Lots to Laugh About as Barrymore and Long are Hysterically Funny

Drew Barrymore otherwise … Read more

Mao's Last Dancer (PG) ★★★★

Mao’s Last Dancer Poster Li Cunxin Practicing in China Ballet Performance Click on images to view larger version.

An Inspiring, Uplifting Film Based on Courage

Filled with compassion, courage and heartfelt moments, Mao’s Last DancerRead more

Despicable Me (G) ★★★☆

Gru and his minions Despicable Me Poster Gru with the children Click on images to view larger version.

That Villain is Really Very Funny!

Parents and kids will enjoy sitting through Despicable Me as the … Read more

Winter’s Bone (R) ★★★★

Jennifer Lawrence as Ree Dolly Winter’s Bone Poster John Hawkes as Uncle Teardrop Click on images to view larger version.

A Determined Teen Struggles for Survival

If you have ever wondered how life has changed … Read more

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13) ★★★

Edward & Bella Eclipse Poster Jacob & Bella Click on images to view larger version.

Total Eclipse of the Heart for Bella

Being of the mind set to ‘live in the moment’ and not look … Read more

Iron Man 2 (PG-13) ★★★★

This is Film Entertainment At Its Best!

Robert Downy Jr. is back as Tony Stark, and his outed alias Iron Man; the comic book character that left audiences yearning for more. Not only is there … Read more

Letters to Juliet (PG) ★★★

Romance in the Countryside of Italy, What Could be Better?

If you are in any way a romantic at heart, then you’ll no doubt fall in love with Letters to Juliet. The film tugs … Read more

Shrek Forever After (PG) ★★★☆

Be Careful What You Wish For!

Shrek Forever After 3D opens energetically out of the gate with a hyper-speed carriage and horses scene that is ‘in your face.’ Basically, you’ll be throwing your hands up … Read more

Sex and the City 2 (R) ★★★

Everyone’s Favorite New York Girls Are Back and Better Than Ever!

Ladies, if you want to glam it up with your girlfriends, grab a cocktail and lose yourself in the ‘fantasy fashion world’ for two … Read more