Whiplash (R) ★★★½

Whiplash Likely to Drum Up Oscar Win for J.K. Simmons

When someone has the potential for brilliance teachers should help them reach their very best. But where do you draw the line between pushing a … Read more

Top 20 Movies of 2014


What a great year for movies, these are my favorites in order according to my most favorite as #1.

1. Life Itself-Documentary, Based on the life and book of film critic Roger Ebert … Read more

American Sniper (R) ★★★★

Sniper Story Hits Hearts

Director Clint Eastwood’s latest film may be his best since 2008’s Gran Torino and Changeling. The bio-drama American Sniper is based on United States Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s autobiography, American Read more

A Most Violent Year (R) ★★★

A Gripping Tale About The Struggles of the American Dream

With his third feature film, writer-director J.C. Chandor continues to impress. His latest crime-drama, A Most Violent Year (preceded by Margin Call and All is Read more

Inherent Vice (R) ★★

Hippy Mystery Will Leave Audiences in a Fog

Inherent Vice is a detective story set in the early 1970s in Southern California. Based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel by the same name, this is the first … Read more

Selma (PG-13) ★★★½

True Story of Selma Couldn’t Come at a Better Time

Polished and poignant, the true story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leading the perilous movement to pass equal voting rights is a must-see. The … Read more

Nightcrawler (R) ★★★½

Nightcrawler: One of Gyllenhaal’s Best Performances to Date

With slicked back hair, bug eyes, a gaunt face and a barely there smile, Jake Gyllenhaal (Enemy, 2014) is almost unrecognizable as Louis Bloom, an … Read more

Still Alice (PG-13) ★★★★

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, … Read more

Chef (R) ★★★½

Properly Prepared, Sensationally Satisfying

Writer, director, producer and actor, Jon Favreau is back filmmaking again, but far from the Iron Man franchise. In Favreau’s latest indie-style flick, Chef, he tackles roles both in front of … Read more

The Theory of Everything (PG-13) ★★★★

Redmayne Should Prepare Himself for An Oscar Nod

Most know Stephen Hawking as the English astrophysicist, or just a sheer genius. Besides those who study algorithms and atoms for a living, what do the rest … Read more

Interstellar (PG-13) ★★★½

Stellar Sci-Fi

More often nowadays, films are fueling the conversations about the end of the world. Will we run out of food and supplies? Are we poisoning our air and water?  What can we even … Read more

Chicago Comedy Film Festival: Love Is Strange

More often than not the road to love is a winding one, with some combination of thrilling attractions, disheartening breakdowns, dead ends and head-scratching u-turns along the way.  The 4th annual Chicago Comedy Film Festival … Read more

Gone Girl (R) ★★★★

Fincher Stuns Audiences Yet Again

Although Gone Girl is a mystery there was never a question as to whether the movie would be a box-office success. Based on the immensely popular Gillian Flynn book of … Read more

Gone Girl (R) ★★★★ by Sarah Knight Adamson

“Gone Girl” is a psychological thriller with plenty of surprises to hold you captive until the credits roll.  Director David Fincher’s adaption of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel is mesmerizing. Personally, I felt Fincher’s “The Social … Read more

A Walk Among the Tombstones (R) ★★★½

No Taken 4

The legendary Liam Neeson never disappoints. He’s famously known as the protective, paternal warrior and protagonist, especially in action-thrillers like Non-Stop (2014), The Grey (2011) and the Taken series (2008, 2012).

In … Read more

The One I Love (R) ★★★★

Mark Duplass & Elizabeth Moss Steal The Screen, Literally

Thirysomethings, Ethan (Mark Duplass, Parkland 2013) and Sophie (Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men 2007-2015) have tried nearly everything to save their marriage. Now, their therapist (Ted Danson, … Read more

Lucy (R) ★★★½

Scar Jo Goes Out of Her Damsel Comfort Zone

Scarlett Johansson is one of Hollywood’s most well-known blonde vixens who most often plays the role of the seductress like in Her (2013), Don Jon (2013), … Read more

They Came Together (R) ★★½

The Comedy About Romantic Comedies

Everyone recognizes the classic clichés in romantic comedies whether it be a meet-cute or an opposites attract scenario. There is likely a token best friend and the protagonist is probably … Read more

Jersey Boys (R) ★★★

Here’s an “American Dream” jukebox musical story set in the 60s about a talented group of singing teens from one of the worst neighborhoods in New Jersey who believed in themselves enough to make it … Read more

Obvious Child (R) ★★★½

“Obvious Child” is Risky & Refreshing

When it comes to rom-coms, the conflict seems to always find its way to a perfect solution, a solution that is sure to sit well with audiences. The lead … Read more

X-Men Days of Future Past (PG-13) ★★★★

One of the Best Summer Blockbusters of 2014

What separates the X-Men movies is their ability to introduce new characters through its series, compared to other superhero movies like Batman or Spider-Man that rely on … Read more

Heaven is for Real (PG) ★★★½

Incredible Family Story Comes to the Big Screen

The New York Times best-selling book Heaven is for Real by Nebraska Pastor Todd Burpo opens on the big screen this coming Wednesday before Easter. Oscar nominee … Read more

Spider-Man in Chicago for Earth Hour 2014!

Chicago is always an exciting place to be, whether you are checking out blues music and festivals, sporting events, cutting-edge cuisine or spending a day at the beach. It’s no wonder that Chicago was chosen … Read more