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Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 59% Bad Moms (2016) "Bad Moms" keeps settling for less than it should, given the talent on screen. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 28, 2016
2/4 60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) The jokes about washed-up, worn-out social climbers and boozehounds feel a decade or so out of date, and I found Eddy's self-loathing streak to be wanly pathetic, as opposed to touchingly sardonic. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/4 76% Lights Out (2016) Palmer and Bello really do seem like world-weary, spook-addled daughter and mother, and they play the stakes just so, favoring neither blase understatement nor yellow-highlighter melodrama. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 19, 2016
3/4 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Lin's movie works best when approached as a relaxed, somewhat playful two-hour expansion of one of the old '60s episodes. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 19, 2016
3/4 69% The Infiltrator (2016) The Infiltrator is a true-crime story, familiar but compelling, about false identities, affording Cranston the chance to play a man who is pretending to be another, more swaggering, more dangerous man. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 12, 2016
2.5/4 70% Café Society (2016) "Cafe Society" is a good-looking nothing, but there are times - thanks more to Allen's direction than his writing, and thanks mostly to the people acting out the masquerade - when "nothing" is sufficient. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 7, 2016
2.5/4 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) [A] proficient, moderately engaging film ... ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) It's nice to see an action movie take more than a passing interest in where our country is at the moment, and then exaggerating that moment into the realm of shrewd exploitation. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 75% The BFG (2016) For once, underneath all the motion capture folderol, the key performance really does feel like a full, real, vital performance. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 29, 2016
31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) From the metallic shell of the 1996 smash "Independence Day," director Roland Emmerich has pulled a seriously lousy sequel, dripping with alien goo and incoherence. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 24, 2016
2/4 78% The Shallows (2016) If the amount of surfing/suffering/staring-at-dark-skies footage rendered in slow motion were depicted at normal speed, "The Shallows" would run about a minute and a half. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 23, 2016
2.5/4 47% Free State of Jones (2016) From camera composition to production design, everything looks and feels fresh-scrubbed and somewhat staid, and you don't quite believe what you're seeing. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet L'Inhumaine (The Inhuman Woman)(The New Enchantment) (1926) Much of it's sluggish and heavy-handed. But there's real cinema in it, too. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 16, 2016
96% De Palma (2016) "De Palma" deftly covers the full gamut of the man's films, from the early Robert De Niro collaboration "The Wedding Party" (shot in 1963) through commercial breakthroughs in the 1970s and then several more career ups and downs afterward. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2/4 51% Genius (2016) While Firth does a fine and honorable job interpreting Perkins, it's a tight performance with very, very few offhanded moments. Meantime Law gives it his all, acting up a storm, going whole hog with Wolfe's Carolina dialect. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3/4 94% Finding Dory (2016) The visual personality of the movie is fantastically vivid and bright, the story itself, less so. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 15, 2016
2/4 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) My main problem with these movies is insufferably old-fashioned. With so much digital effects work guiding so many of the action scenes, the simple pleasures of sleight-of-hand are all but lost. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/4 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) Despite all the children in all that peril, Wan is a humane sort of sadist. His latest offers little that's new, but the movie's finesse is something even non-horror fans can appreciate. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/4 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) "Popstar" scores a heartening success-to-failure gag ratio. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 2, 2016
2/4 58% Me Before You (2016) Clarke has loads of talent, but in Me Before You she's undermined by director Sharrock's technique, and an endless slew of overeager reaction shots. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 1, 2016
3.5/4 81% Sunset Song (2016) Davies tries things nobody else would try. Here that means allowing the choral passages - scenes in which individual characters and groups of characters express their feelings in popular ballads or folk songs - plenty of room. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 26, 2016
3/4 97% Weiner (2016) The movie itself makes a compelling if rather hypocritical argument against relentless self-documentation of a life, however it's lived. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 26, 2016
3.5/4 90% The Lobster (2016) Everyone's excellent in "The Lobster," and the suffocatingly bland settings brake just short of monumental claustrophobia. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 19, 2016
2.5/4 92% The Nice Guys (2016) Is it fun? Parts, yes, and many will get exactly what they wanted from "The Nice Guys": violence, wisecracks, a couple of choice sight gags ... plus the usual angry-mismatched-buddy-cops-but-not-really-cops routine. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 19, 2016
3.5/4 98% Love & Friendship (2016) It's securely in its proper time and place, but this is an unusual side of Austen, cooler and more nakedly cunning. It feels very modern indeed. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 19, 2016
3/4 61% High-Rise (2016) You go with it; it's potent and alluring in its visions of Brutalist excess. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 12, 2016
2.5/4 57% Money Monster (2016) Clooney provides the glue. Like director Foster, he has a genuine interest in making commercial movies that matter, at least a little bit - movies that engage with questions of media hypocrisy and financial outrages. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 12, 2016
2/4 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) I've seen worse this year. And better. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 9, 2016
2/4 61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) It's pretty dull, sorry to say. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 5, 2016
3/4 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Nothing in Civil War takes your breath away... Little in story terms is what you'd call daisy fresh. But almost everything in it works on its own prescribed terms, and the quiet moments register. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 3, 2016
2.5/4 76% Keanu (2016) You can't force comic chemistry, in case you hadn't noticed. You can, however, make the mistake of forcing your stars into settling for weaker material than they deserve. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/4 84% The Meddler (2016) We've seen these types of characters before, but not played by these particular and highly skilled actresses. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2/4 70% A Hologram for the King (2016) The tone and rhythms are pushy, forced, strained, like the expression on Hanks' face. What should be casual punctuation, filmed in medium shot, ends up in bam-pow close-ups. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/4 77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) Mainly it's fun. It's fun to watch Michael Shannon (Elvis) and Kevin Spacey (Nixon) do their thing without settling for impressions or impersonations. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 20, 2016
3.5/4 88% The Invitation (2016) It's an unusually evocative achievement in suspense, and in a brand of cinematic paranoia unique to the hills, canyons and denizens of LA. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/4 95% The Jungle Book (2016) Favreau's fundamental decency and relatively light touch serve him well. He has a knack for straight-ahead pacing and for tightening the screws (the movie is 81 percent life-and-death peril and 19 percent comic relief) without being maniacal about it. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/4 73% Miles Ahead (2016) The reason I like "Miles Ahead," despite its problems, has everything to do with Cheadle both behind and in front of the camera. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 7, 2016
1.5/4 22% The Boss (2016) "The Boss" has zero finesse as a comedy. When Darnell crashes into a wall, or takes a tumble down the stairs, it's alarming and painful, as opposed to funny. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/4 83% Midnight Special (2016) Nichols gets us to lean in, and to throw away or at least reconsider a few preconceptions about how much and what sort of narrative baby-sitting an audience requires. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 31, 2016
2/4 20% I Saw the Light (2016) There's something off with the filmmaking from the beginning of "I Saw the Light." For many Hiddleston will be enough; for two hours, though, he and his co-stars struggle inside the cautious, clip-cloppy rhythm and uncertain style. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 31, 2016
3/4 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Consider "Everybody Wants Some!!" as both a fond exercise in remembrance and a movie that, at its best, works for people of Linklater's age as well as the people Linklater and company were, once upon a time. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 31, 2016
3.5/4 95% Marguerite (2016) "Marguerite" achieves what the protagonist herself never managed: perfect pitch. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 24, 2016
4/4 97% Krisha (2016) "Krisha" is obviously personal for Shults, but there's a limit to that fact. The film's technique transcends the merely personal. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 24, 2016
1.5/4 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) A near-total drag, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice plays like a loose, unofficial quarter-billion-dollar remake of The Odd Couple, in which Oscar and Felix are literally trying to kill each other. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 22, 2016
1.5/4 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) It's a pretty dull picture, I must say, because it's my duty to say it. And it's a pretty dull picture, I must say, because something about its particular grade of dullness may cause memory loss. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/4 91% City Of Gold (2016) A tasty primer on the man, the eater, the critic and the city. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 11, 2016
3/4 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Goodman's very good, taking care of job one, which is to keep us guessing Howard's intentions. And Winstead is even better, within the parameters of this genre mashup. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 10, 2016
2/4 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) The film itself feels uncertain, compromised and tentative. Those are very different qualities than brash, or bracing, or provocative. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 3, 2016
1.5/4 25% London Has Fallen (2016) This one's strictly for Butler fans, and for R-rated action audiences hungry for a scenario in which the good, and mostly white, people pick off the brown, completely inhumanly bad people by the dozen. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 2, 2016
1/4 16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) Call it "Clash of the Whitans," and call it a folly that doesn't have the energy or delirium to qualify as entertaining crap. It's just crap. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 25, 2016