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Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 61% Race (2016) ""Race" can't help but engage when it gets to the games. But what's the point of telling Jesse Owens' story if you don't get into what made him tick, and drove his success as an athlete? " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 18, 2016
4/4 91% The Witch (2016) "For once in a modern horror film, the tactics and developments are simple yet surprising, and the filmmaking captures its chosen time, place and dark corners beautifully. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/4 79% Where to Invade Next (2016) "The film is entertaining and disingenuous, which doesn't make it wrong. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 11, 2016
2.5/4 49% How To Be Single (2016) "Roughly half the scenes are terrible, nervously edited and predictable. The other half transcend the innate shrugginess of the script. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 11, 2016
2.5/4 84% Deadpool (2016) "Reynolds is entertaining; it's rather sweet to see this eternally not-quite-a-star get closer than usual to justifying star billing. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 10, 2016
3.5/4 97% Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015) "The subtitle tells the truth; here is a wonderfully restless movie. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3.5/4 96% Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) (2015) "Writer-director Ale Abreu's use (sparing but striking) of the blank-page aesthetic makes the frequent, lavish splashes of kaleidoscopic color all the more interesting. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2.5/4 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "The tone of "Hail, Caesar!" is even and assured, yet the comic inspiration is sporadic. Something's missing; the momentum sputters ... " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2.5/4 42% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "For all the splurch and head-lopping, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is monotonal. It turns its action sequences into a noisy blur. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3.5/4 93% 2016 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2016) "What happened to that Oscars diversity problem? Poof. Gone. Judging from the five nominated short films in the live-action category, the motion picture academy's problems of blinkered, whitey-white Oscars selection could be solved ... " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 29, 2016
3.5/4 100% 2016 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animated (2016) "Of this year's nominated animated shorts, "World of Tomorrow" is the one that feels truly visionary. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 28, 2016
3/4 63% The Finest Hours (2016) "The script embraces certain character archetypes wholeheartedly (pig-headed crew mate; ramrod-stiff officer) and not always successfully. Yet the tone, the mood of the picture, with its desaturated color palette, maintains the right atmosphere. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 28, 2016
4/4 96% Son of Saul (2015) "Nemes has made a gripping film almost entirely free of movie heroics or placating visual strategies. It's not an easy experience. Nor should it be. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 28, 2016
2/4 16% The 5th Wave (2016) "The action's pretty fair, and fairly violent, though the quality of the digital photography is all over the place, with some key night scenes descending into visual murk. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 22, 2016
3/4 92% Censored Voices (2015) ""Censored Voices" likely would've benefited from additional reflection from the older, on-screen subjects. But what's there is consistently thought-provoking. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 22, 2016
3/4 92% The Lady In The Van (2015) "In Bennett's shrugs of humane generosity, Jennings develops a characterization of sweetness and sadness in well-judged proportions. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 21, 2016
4/4 97% 45 Years (2015) "It's cathartic, and moving, without any of the usual obvious contrivances or manipulations. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2.5/4 51% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) "The key characters are pencil sketches, not flesh-and-blood, but they serve Bay's purposes, as do the performances. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 14, 2016
3/4 90% Horse Money (2015) "The director has plenty of influences, Stanley Kubrick and Old Hollywood classicists such as John Ford among them. But his style is his own: exacting, but dreamlike. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 14, 2016
3/4 98% Mustang (2015) "The issues at play in "Mustang" are gravely serious but the tone and rhythm is brisk, headlong and intelligently lively, like the women at the center. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 14, 2016
2/4 10% The Forest (2016) "There's not a lot of filmmaking energy in "The Forest," and roughly 40 minutes of story surrounded by 45 more minutes of Dormer in nonverbal distress. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/4 92% Anomalisa (2015) "It's Chekhovian screwball, a perfect little tale of love (or thereabouts) in bloom among the weeds of an ordinary life. It feels like a classic already. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 30, 2015
4/4 94% Carol (2015) "Blanchett's a formidable technician, a performer of serious wit and fire. She serves "Carol" well and truly throughout. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 23, 2015
2/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "As the bodies pile up in the second half, along with the switchback narrative reveals, "The Hateful Eight" becomes a hermetically sealed exercise of a dispiriting sort. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 23, 2015
1.5/4 60% Sisters (2015) "Maybe I wasn't in the mood. But it's hard to watch so many shrewd comic talents struggle against the tide, in harsh close-up, which so rarely works in low comedy. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 17, 2015
3/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "[Star Wars: The Force Awakens] is good. Not great. But far better than "not bad." Solidly, confidently good. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 16, 2015
1.5/4 0% The Ridiculous 6 "At its worst, "The Ridiculous 6" plays the Donald Trump card of sneering at political correctness in one scene, and then make amends for being a jerk in the next. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 12, 2015
2.5/4 88% The Big Short (2015) "If a film can essentially succeed while also remaining essentially frustrating, here's a prime example. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2/4 80% Macbeth (2015) "However skillful, Fassbender and Cotillard perform as if nervous about being one of those ham actors who "struts and frets his hour upon the stage." Or two hours on the screen. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2/4 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) "I wish Howard's film had more of a distinct personality and drive behind it; Howard's made some supremely enjoyable films, in various keys, but this waterlogged, effects-crazed picture isn't one of them. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/4 82% Almost There (2015) "As the filmmakers work through their messy, messed-up place in the life story they're capturing, the film gathers a head of steam. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2/4 61% Joy (2015) "The script never jells; the comedy feels forced and mechanically boisterous, particularly in the crucial early passages. And in the final 30 minutes, it's a dangling mess. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2.5/4 82% The Revenant (2015) "Inarritu's brand of intensity allows for zero emotional complexity. ... It's hard to respond completely to a filmmaker who hits every beat, every note, with the same bug-eyed determination. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 4, 2015
2.5/4 81% Chi-Raq (2015) "Frustrating and wildly uneven, "Chi-Raq" is also Lee's most interesting project in nearly a decade, since the slick thriller "Inside Man" and the excellent Hurricane Katrina documentary for HBO, "When the Levees Broke," both from 2006. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 23, 2015
2.5/4 66% The Night Before (2015) "It's sort of astonishing that Rogen - undervalued, always, because he makes various forms and modes of comedy look so easy - can still wring laughs out of a character stoned/coked/'shroomed out of his gourd ... " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2/4 39% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) "Kidman aside, the acting's not the problem with this remake. But the movie is a karaoke routine, not its own convincing song of love and death and the aftermath. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3.5/4 94% Creed (2015) "With "Creed," Coogler proves he is one of the most skillful young directors around. Turns out we really did need another "Rocky" movie. It just needed to keep Rocky in perspective, and in proportion. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2.5/4 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2 brings the four-film saga of Katniss Everdeen and her revolutionary war to a dutiful, fairly satisfying if undeniably attenuated conclusion. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 18, 2015
3.5/4 97% Brooklyn (2015) "It's one of the most satisfying films of 2015. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2/4 44% The 33 (2015) "What these men endured is remarkable, and the logistics of the rescue are remarkable as well. "The 33" settles for an unremarkable chronicle of that endurance test. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/4 53% I Smile Back (2015) "Silverman's scarily good in this role - sick-joke-funny when the behavior supports it, raw yet subtle at Laney's most reckless junctures. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 65% Spectre (2015) "[Mendes is] smart about pacing and rhythm and an astute judge of when to go for the joke and how to let his actors run the show, as opposed to the show -- the explosions and murders and such -- flattening the actors. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 3, 2015
2/4 29% Burnt (2015) "Wells dices the action, even the simplest conversation, into five harried shots when one would suffice. The many food-prep montages are cut and paced to the same numbing rhythm. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2/4 61% Truth (2015) "The film feels dodgy, tentative and uncertain as to how to frame its own protagonist in a complicated story of journalistic compromise (and worse). " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3/4 94% Room (2015) ""Room" goes its own way, in a state of poetic realism that can break your heart. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 22, 2015
4/4 100% Quay (2015) "Inanimate objects become sentient, restless beings in the Quay universe. It's a scary, wondrous place to visit for 70 minutes. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 22, 2015
1.5/4 8% Rock the Kasbah (2015) "A white-savior showbiz fable of a particularly dubious and retrograde variety. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 22, 2015
4/4 92% Beasts of No Nation (2015) ""Beasts of No Nation" is an act of gripping empathy. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2/4 71% Crimson Peak (2015) ""Crimson Peak" is frustrating from nearly every angle. It lets the audience race ahead of the reveals, while struggling to put all that tantalizingly rich atmosphere to effective narrative use. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 15, 2015
3.5/4 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) "Like everything about Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies," Hanks' performance makes relaxed professionalism and genial decency look easy. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2.5/4 86% Steve Jobs (2015) "The movie, a formidable technical and design achievement, has everything going for it except a sense of Jobs' inner life. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 15, 2015
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