Sarah's Backstage Pass

Sarah's Backstage Pass is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Sarah Knight Adamson
Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Sarah Knight Adamson Pixar has raised the bar again in "Toy Story 4" in that the multitude of lessons to be learned are worth not only the price of admission but perhaps a fixture in the family movie library. Yes, it's that good. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/4 Maiden (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Empowering, with themes of courage and strength--a must-see for all. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2019
4/4 Framing John DeLorean (2019) Sarah Knight Adamson An excellent film that leaves no stone uncovered in its pursuit of peeling back the layers of a genius who turned corrupt. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
3.5/4 Booksmart (2019) Sarah Knight Adamson Oliva Wilde's directing debut is actually 'smart,' and savvy, and silly-just the right ingredients for a sure-fire comedic hit. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
2.5/4 Aladdin (2019) Sarah Knight Adamson Guy Ritchie's "Aladdin" remake introduces kids to new methods to 'get their way' by torturing Jasmine's dad, the Sultan-this will never be 'okay' in a children's movie. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019
3/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Sarah Knight Adamson Halle Berry's feisty character (Sofia) is a welcome breath of fresh air. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
2.5/4 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Sarah Knight Adamson A confusing narrative does little to enhance the film, although it is a gorgeous display of animation with stunning colors--it's impossible to follow. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
4/4 Long Shot (2019) Sarah Knight Adamson Pairing Seth Rogen a gonzo journalist with Charlize Theron, a successful Secretary of State is opportune the 'oil and water' pair remind us of the unlikely "Notting Hill"pair. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/4 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Sarah Knight Adamson "Avengers Endgame" at its best-illustrates the qualities of being a true hero-all while Marvel's greatest cinematic hits are warmly and entertainingly revisited! EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
3.5/4 The Public (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Check out "The Public" at a theater near you, offering over due enlightenment on 'The Public Library' system in America and the homeless. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/4 Amazing Grace (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson The voice of an angel takes us to church-Be prepared to be lifted-up-quite possibly to the heavens-by merely viewing this euphoric musical performance by the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/4 Shazam! (2019) Sarah Knight Adamson Shazman is the new superhero kid on the block as Zachary Levi's energetic, yet heartfelt performance nails his DC character for years to come! EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
1.5/4 Dumbo (2019) Sarah Knight Adamson The CGI Dumbo looks adorable-it's just too bad the little fellow has such a miserable life and that he's actually not the star of his own film, also non kid-centered and lacks heart. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
3/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Sarah Knight Adamson Larson shines, as she's made the independently strong character her own -- serving as a role model to all young girls worldwide -- however, the scenes between her and a younger eyepatch-less Fury are my favorite. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/4 Apollo 11 (2019) Sarah Knight Adamson "Apollo 11" is a visual delicacy to be savored long after the extensive credits roll." EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
1.5/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Sarah Knight Adamson No doubt, we have to talk about those creepy big eyes-from start to finish they are disconcerting-which is a shame, as Alita, (Rosa Salaza) the spunky female lead character doesn't need them to be alluring. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/4 What Men Want (2019) Sarah Knight Adamson Hilarious slapstick comedy starring a magnificent Taraji P. Henson, with satisfying components of sisterhood, family, romance, and workplace. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/4 Instant Family (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson If you've ever wondered how the foster care system works in America, "Instant Family" provides an up close & personal snapshot from Sean Anders the co-writer and director. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson There's no place for violence in this classic Christmas tale, especially with a cracking bullwhip. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/4 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Melissa McCarthy goes deep inside the psyche of a 'down on her luck' author by creating empathy for the character. An Academy Award nomination is sure to follow. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2018
3/4 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury is worth the price of admission! EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
3.5/4 Studio 54: The Documentary (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Infamous by name, New York's Studio 54, served as a glitzy yet, dingy playground for the rich & famous. Director Matt Tyrnauer's documentary sheds a bright neon light. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/4 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Parents, proceed with caution as Slappy, may be too scary for the younger set, although generally a fun Halloween family film for all ages. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/4 A Star Is Born (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Undeniably, "A Star is Born" shines due to the realistic chemistry between Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. This Oscar worthy film delivers on all fronts! EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
3.5/4 Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson The poignancy of Fonda's point of view on the various topics adds tremendously to the unfolding of this excellent film. Fonda makes no excuses saying, "I am what I am." EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
1.5/4 The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Here's what's truly infuriating-the fact that the beloved young-adult novel of which the film is based fell into the hands of the "Hostel" series horror-famed director Eli Roth. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2018
3.5/4 A Simple Favor (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Despite the ambiguous genre of this excellent diabolical modern-suburbia film-for sure it's one of the best times I've had at the movies in a long time! EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2018
3.5/4 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Jon M. Chu's adaptation of Kevin Kwan's book stands on its own, adding key scenes, tweaking character's roles while at the same time bringing the over-the-top opulence to life EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/4 BlacKkKlansman (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Spike Lee's film is one of the years best; Ron Stallworth's memoir is told with passion & admiration-aptly Lee's finale reminds us of our current gut-wrenching racial tensions. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/4 Christopher Robin (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Oh bother, as Winnie the Pooh would say; this is not the live action over-the-top film kids and adults may expect; however, it is true to the laid-back nature of the books. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/4 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson The stunts are reminiscent of "Fast and Furious" via 'Tokyo drifting' cars, has the feel of "Mad Max," while distinctly retaining its own identity with HALO jumps and more. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2018
3.5/4 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Still on a high from seeing this sun-kissed, fresh sea-breeze, light & airy film. My audience laughed, sang & clapped at the end. There were even a few tears, including mine. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2018
1.5/4 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Kids and parents deserve quality films--given this is the third strike-the Hotel Transylvania film series is out. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
2.5/4 Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Benicio Del Toro soars, giving an outstanding performance with the same intensity as his Oscar-winning performance in Traffic (2000) although confusing & thin script. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/4 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson I totally believe that Michael Crichton would be on board with the fresh ideas--and especially, the terrifying child & ginormous-sized new hybrid "Indoraptor" dinosaur scene. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2018
4/4 Incredibles 2 (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Incredibles 2 is a laugh-out-loud summer popcorn flick that speaks to all family members, offering timely messages of marriage equality and female empowerment. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2018
4/4 Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Renders a poignant - yet enlightening story behind Fred Rogers. it's high on my list as one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. Bring Kleenex EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2018
3.5/4 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson A stand alone film with great special effects, that pays homage to the Star Wars franchise while creating new and refreshing characters. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2018
3.5/4 Book Club (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Could be titled: Sisterhood of the Traveling Wine Bottle. Book Club is smart, funny, deeply rooted, giving the world a mirror to how 'old age' should appear. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/4 Deadpool 2 (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson If you're a fan of the snarky, one-liner, potty-mouthed, red latex bodysuit, invincible guy - then you'll likely be entertained - it's outrageous adult raunchy fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2018
4/4 RBG (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's biographical film presents an insightful and personal view of an accomplished legendary woman - one who paved the way for women's equality. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/4 Ocean's 8 (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson Ocean's 8 is unapologetically a 'glam-caper' at heart - a smart, glitzy, comical film to savor and enjoy - the clothes alone are worth the price of admission. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2018