Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
At the Movies , Baltimore Sun , Chicago Tribune , Metromix.com
Total Reviews:
1615

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 46% Hateship Loveship (2014) " The people on screen are all worth watching, as is Johnson's directorial career." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5/4 65% The Railway Man (2014) " [It] has many problems but also has Colin Firth ..." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/4 83% The Unknown Known (2014) " By now the director's technique is so savvy, so confident in its visual layering and atmospheric assurance, even a dodgy, cagey camera subject such as Rumsfeld becomes movieworthy." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/4 20% Transcendence (2014) " After an intriguing start, "Transcendence" - aka "The Computer Wore Johnny Depp's Tennis Shoes" - offers roughly the same level of excitement as listening to hold music during a call to tech support." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5/4 53% Cuban Fury (2014) " Frost has all it takes to run his own show. Now he just needs a better show." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 58% Dom Hemingway (2014) " The material, limited payoff; the performer at the center, never less than arresting." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 71% Oculus (2014) " Flanagan's a skillful director and editor, and simply by placing the camera in logical but unusual places ... the tension increases moment by moment, ghost by ghost, frightening reflection by reflection." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 47% Rio 2 (2014) " The movie's an acceptable, if tiring, baby sitter." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 62% Draft Day (2014) " Costner's range as an actor remains an open question, more open than his range, certainly. But he carries the movie easily and well." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 59% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " "Vol. I" works. "Vol. II" works you over, and von Trier likes it like that." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/4 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " The movie does nearly everything right in its chosen, compact, 83-minute form." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " The movie does its duty. It's a reliable commodity, delivered efficiently and well, like pizza." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/4 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " "Jodorowsky's Dune" is a lovely little tribute to a major league "What if?"" — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2.5/4 77% Noah (2014) " Aronofsky is interested in these people as people, not pop-up saints straight out of Sunday school." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2/4 22% Sabotage (2014) " The acting's fine in this thing; the acting's rarely the reason a violent action movie succeeds or fails." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 73% Enemy (2014) " Watching "Enemy," in which Gyllenhaal cleverly delineates the character differences and confidence levels of the two leading roles, it's clear that the movie is messing with you, in a highly calibrated fashion." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " The beloved Muppets are treated as dismissible straight men, women and critters, for the venal real-world populace." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " If it weren't for the explicit sexual encounters, this could be an Ibsen or a Strindberg play, unclothed and unmoored from the late 19th or early 20th century." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " This is a first-person account of astonishing suffering, yet the experience of watching "The Missing Picture" is not punishing." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 41% Divergent (2014) " The movie version of Divergent is no divergent. It goes along to get along. It's tame, formulaic and strictly by the book in every sense." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 19, 2014
2/4 77% Veronica Mars (2014) " Everything about the way the movie version of "Veronica Mars" came to pass is more intriguing than the movie itself." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2.5/4 23% Need For Speed (2014) " Happily, director Scott Waugh comes out of the stunt world himself, and there's a refreshing emphasis on actual, theoretically dangerous stunt driving over digital absurdities." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3.5/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " I would call "The Grand Budapest Hotel" major whimsy. It's a confection with bite, featuring an ensemble led by the invaluable Ralph Fiennes, here allowed to exercise his farceur's wiles." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2.5/4 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " It wouldn't be much without Green." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2/4 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " The film's animation design is strictly generic in its rounded edges and dutiful 3-D IN YOUR FACE!!! gimmicks. And the story gets off to such a sour start, it takes a long time for the comedy to recover." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3.5/4 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " I suppose it helps to have seen Stritch onstage to fully appreciate the bracing new documentary "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me," released by Sundance Selects. I wish I'd seen more." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 6, 2014
4/4 94% Museum Hours (2013) " Sommer is perfect. So is O'Hara. This is the "Before Sunrise" for a very different (and platonic) pair of individuals." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3.5/4 91% Kids for Cash (2014) " "Kids for Cash," an impressive, often enraging feature-length debut from director Robert May, deals carefully and well with the so-called kids for cash scandal." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " The movie's fun. And now, thanks to our annual Neeson thriller, spring can come soon." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 27, 2014
4/4 98% Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) " Rich, strange and gorgeous, F.W. Murnau's Sunrise shows what an artist of the late silent era could accomplish cinematically, backed by an open checkbook and fueled by the highest aspirations even in the simplest of morality tales." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 25, 2014
3.5/4 97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " Those who think this is a black-and-white issue will be surprised, as Lanzmann himself appears to have been, by what is said here." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.5/4 45% In Secret (2014) " Isaac's sly delineation of the charismatic Laurent provides the through-line. Olsen is pretty good, too ..." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.5/4 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " If this is indeed Miyazaki's farewell, it's a fine one." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.5/4 70% About Last Night (2014) " However uneven, the movie at least knows the cardinal rule: In a rom-com, there's no rom without the com. Hart and Hall give it their all." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3/4 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " "Tim's Vermeer" is a diverting 80-minute account of one man's mission to explore the Vermeer optics theory in detail." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1.5/4 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Goldsman has stripped the source material for parts and for its through-line, eliminating various characters, as is the case with any adaptation. What's left is sincere ridiculousness." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1.5/4 15% Endless Love (2014) " A movie just begging to go up in the flames of camp. If only somebody had brought a match." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3/4 48% RoboCop (2014) " This is at heart a pretty sad movie. Verhoeven wouldn't be caught dead making you care about anything in his "RoboCop"; Padilha is after something different." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 12, 2014
3.5/4 100% 7 Boxes (2014) " Shot in an expedient cellphone-aesthetic visual style, sometimes with the camera planted at the front end of Victor's pushcart in dizzying motion, the movie manages quick-and-dirty introductions to all the major players in an increasingly bloody game." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 6, 2014
4/4 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " This isn't just the funniest PG-rated animation in too long; it's the funniest film, period, in months ..." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 5, 2014
2/4 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " Clooney's attempt to honor unsung real-life heroes while recapturing the ensemble pleasures of some well-remembered Hollywood war pictures ... comes off as a modestly accomplished forgery at best." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 5, 2014
2/4 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " More grating than peppy, the Manhattan-set romantic comedy "That Awkward Moment" proceeds as a series of awkward moments in search of a premise and a protagonist a little less stupid." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3/4 56% At Middleton (2014) " "At Middleton" is formulaic and contrived. It's also worth seeing because it breathes a little, and because Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia know what they're doing as they guide this appealingly simple brief encounter of a romance." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2/4 33% Labor Day (2014) " We're left with some first-rate actors doing what they can to fill every sensually fraught glance with trace elements of human character." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 30, 2014
4/4 95% On the Bowery (1957) " "On the Bowery" offers some of the most indelible faces in an American docudrama, faces ravaged by alcohol and poverty, creased by defeat and self-deception, surrounded by a New York City that does not care. Yet no one on screen asks for pity." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 23, 2014
1.5/4 63% Generation War (2014) " I suppose everything that occurs in "Generation War" is factually possible, even when it's not based on fact. But weirdly little of it feels historically plausible, at least to one foreigner's eyes and ears." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3/4 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Even if you don't entirely buy this version of events, director Ralph Fiennes has given us a speculation that works as drama. It's an elegant bit of goods." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 23, 2014
1.5/4 23% Gimme Shelter (2014) " Gimme Shelter suffers from an acute case of the fakes. The speeches sound like speeches, and not good ones." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3.5/4 100% Life Itself (2014) " The film is a little soft, and tactful to a fault. Yet it's a work of taste and generosity, in keeping with its subject, and James ensures that it avoids the hometown-hero "attaboy!" attitude some feared might come of such a project ..." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2/4 18% Ride Along (2014) " It'll probably be a hit: Audiences are getting precisely what they're promised." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 16, 2014
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