The Hero (R) ★★½

The Hero Cannot Save the Day  

The pursuit of professional success often comes with a cost. This is a lesson that many people only realize when they look back on their lives and realize … Read more

Wonder Woman (PG-13) ★★★★

🎬: So much to love about ⚔Wonder Woman!⚔

Wonder Woman is based on the DC comic book character created in 1941 by William Moulton Marston. This is the first stand-alone film for Wonder Woman … Read more

Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story ★★★★

Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story is a documentary and based on a true story. Storyboard Artist Harold Michelson and his wife, a film researcher, Lillian Michelson, They are two nameless heroes of Hollywood’s … Read more

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (PG-13) ★★

Only for diehard franchise fans.

A month ago, Disneyland guests on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride were treated to a cool surprise when Johnny Depp popped up on the attraction in place of the … Read more

Alien: Covenant (R) ★★½

Alien: Covenant < Prometheus. Yeah, I said it.

I was thoroughly frustrated by Alien: Covenant and was actually mad when I left the theater. Aside from Michael Fassbender in dual roles and the cast … Read more

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (PG-13) ★★½

To take on the legend of Excalibur, Guy Ritchie sticks with his usual love-it-or-hate-it style.

The Knights of the Round Table. The Sword in the Stone. The Lady of the Lake. Merlin. Ah, I just … Read more

Snatched (R) ★★★ Radio Podcast 🎙

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!

Here’s my quick take on the film:

I laughed the entire 90 minutes of the film. Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn are both funny, but the supporting cast; Wanda Sykes, Joan … Read more

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (PG-13) ★★½

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is Fantasy, Action & Adventure by British director Guy Ritchie of the Sherlock Holmes movies, he gives us an updated King Arthur film.

Charlie Hunnam stars as Arthur (The … Read more

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (PG-13) ★★★

More of the same, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

It’s 44 degrees in Chicago as I write this, but make no mistake—summer is here. I know this because Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. Read more

The Promise (PG-13) ★★★

The Promise Fails to Deliver

The Armenian Genocide is one of the most tragic stories of the 20th century as the Turks massacred an estimated 1 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. The systematic … Read more

The Fate of the Furious (PG-13) ★★★

The Fate of the Furious is action & adventure, it’s the eighth film in The Fast and the Furious series. Many actors from the previous films have returned, two newcomers to the series are, Charlize … Read more

The Zookeeper’s Wife (R) ★★★

The Zookeeper’s Wife is the true story of Antonina Żabińska a working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II and based on the book of the same name by … Read more

Colossal (R) ★★★

The film centers on alcoholism as a monster, and it’s far reaching effects on others. Anne Hathaway (Gloria) is an out-of-work party girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is … Read more

Colossal (R) ★★★½

You’ve probably never seen a movie quite like this.

I adored Colossal. It’s my favorite film of 2017 so far. I want to campaign for it at every theater across the country. I want to … Read more

Life (R) ★★½

A decent but forgettable thriller that adds nothing new to the Doomed Space Crew genre.

Are you a space scientist?

I’ll assume you’re not and proceed to ask you this: “Not being a space scientist, … Read more

Beauty and the Beast (PG) ★★★½

This live-action remake may not be necessary, but it’s still a lot of fun.

I usually try to review remakes (or prequels or sequels, for that matter) on their own merit as standalone films, but … Read more

T2: Trainspotting (R) ★★★½

The Boys are Back!

Is revisiting the zaniness of Trainspotting (1996) 20 years later worth the trip? (Pun intended.) I guess if you’re wondering if Renton, Sick Boy, Spud, or Begbie made the decision to … Read more

Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) ★★★

Kong: Skull Island is a blast.

Almost exactly a year ago, my husband and I ran around the Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando. We passed by a large barricaded area surrounded by high … Read more

Table 19 (PG-13) ★★

Table This Film…For Good

Have you ever attended a wedding and ended up wanting to crawl into a hole because you were seated at a table with complete strangers? Despite the initial awkwardness, these situations … Read more

Logan (R) ★★★½

Logan is the tenth X-Men movie . . . and might just be the best.

When I review a film from any franchise that has what might be described as “rabid fans”—be it Star Wars, Read more

Get Out (R) ★★★½

Get Out and See this Film

You cannot always judge a book by its cover. Similarly, you shouldn’t judge a movie by its trailer. These words of wisdom are especially true for the film Get Read more

Oscar Blog-Part 4 Best Documentary, Best Original Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup & Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Original Song

Oscar Blog Part 4-Final Oscar Blog!

Wow, Oscar weekend 2017 is here! We are very excited over here at Sarah’s Backstage Pass, as this is a huge weekend for us! We love viewing the Academy … Read more

Oscar Blog Part 3-Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design

Oscar Blog Part 3

*BEST DIRECTOR – Damien Chazelle, La La Land, Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea (Should win) Nominees: Denis Villeneuve, Arrival, Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge, Damien Chazelle, La La Land, Kenneth Lonergan, … Read more

Oscar Blog Part 2, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Animated Film

Oscar Blog Part 2

Hi again, here’s the next installment; happy reading. Wow, it’s getting exciting the last week before Oscar. Hey, do you have your tickets to the best viewing party in Chicagoland? I’ll … Read more