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Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 39% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) The result is passable stupidity leaning hard on its wily leading men. The movie's also pretty galling in its unceasing brutality for laughs.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3.5/4 90% Good Time (2017) Most crime movies, even alleged indies, make it easy for the audience to take sides and establish clear rooting interests. "Good Time" is better than that: It's not always easy to take, yet you can't look away.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/4 93% Logan Lucky (2017) The script's vibe recalls Soderbergh's arch, knowing "Ocean's" movies, but also evokes older pictures such as "Bank Shot" in the early '70s or "Who's Minding the Mint?" in the late '60s.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
73% Ghostbusters (2016) The fact that the '84 version became a phenom is as strange, really, as the 2016 version becoming a war between idiot men and all kinds of women. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/4 75% Patti Cake$ (2017) Macdonald breathes life into the material, the truth and the fictions both.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
2/4 87% Wind River (2017) "Wind River" is roughly 50 percent strengths, 50 percent contrivances. Often they collide in the same scene.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
2/4 49% The Glass Castle (2017) You watch the movie, and you wonder: What was this life like, really? That's a sign of a movie not quite answering the question.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3.5/4 94% Menashe (2017) Some of the narrative developments and conversational tangents feel contrived, but "Menashe" has a rhythm (brisk but unforced) that speaks well of Weinstein's future in narrative storytelling.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
2/4 36% Kidnap (2017) "Kidnap" probably could've played into its feverish, violent, trashy side more aggressively. As is, something seems to be holding it back from its own monstrously exploitative premise ...‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
2/4 16% The Dark Tower (2017) Is the movie good enough to do what it's designed to do? Not really.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/4 92% SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (2017) A genial 93-minute dash through the history, process and contemporary practice of film composition.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
3/4 73% Landline (2017) Slate, a beguiling comic actress with shrewd dramatic instincts, knows how to make even faulty or contrived sequences come off.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
2.5/4 83% Detroit (2017) An artfully frazzled mosaic of suffering, putting the audience through the wringer in the name of truth, injustice and what many see, still, as the American way with police brutality.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3.5/4 88% Lady Macbeth (2017) Throughout "Lady Macbeth" we see Pugh's eyes, full of possibility and optimism at the outset, gradually darken. Even her breathing changes. It's a wonderful performance in a very fine film.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2/4 51% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Besson's commercial instincts for sleek, violent fantasy are often sound, but "Valerian" is more sedative than show.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/4 93% Dunkirk (2017) Dunkirk may be [Nolan's] first historically based fiction, but it's his latest in a long line of survival puzzles, designed to thrill and to provoke the response moviemakers of all kinds have been after for more than a century: whew! Followed by: wow.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
4/4 91% A Ghost Story (2017) This film squanders nothing and rushes very little.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 76% The Little Hours (2017) The strategy works surprisingly well. I liked a lot of writer-director Jeff Baena's picture; it may be a one-joke movie, but I've seen comedies recently that would've killed for that many.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
3.5/4 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Gripping, visually assured and working far above its summer-sequel paygrade, [Apes] treats a harsh storyline with a solemnity designed to hoist the tale of Caesar, simian revolutionary -- the Moses of apes -- into the realm of the biblical.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
3.5/4 100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017) Whoever you are, you'll learn a lot.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
2/4 20% Austin Found (2017) Cardellini alone makes a case for the script's tonal swings, though even she can't take your ears off the droning musical score or the thuddingly on-the-nose song selections of music supervisor Nic Harcourt.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3.5/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) The movie treats the people on screen generously, and it's a romantic comedy with surprising depth of feeling, glancing on all sorts of things: race, religion, tolerance, understanding, the competitive peculiarity of stand-up comedy ...‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/4 79% The Beguiled (2017) "The Beguiled" probably could've benefited from a little more energy in its telling. Still, Coppola offers some gorgeous images of the past made present.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2.5/4 88% Maudie (2017) [Hawkins is] such a vivid presence, so alert to what can be mined from the space in between her lines, she lifts "Maudie" above the pedestrian.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
1.5/4 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Of course it's not good.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
3/4 76% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) By the time the second course has come and gone, "Beatriz at Dinner" has already paved a road, brick by brick, laden with insults, assumptions, racist slights and cluelessly patronizing small talk.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2.5/4 48% Rough Night (2017) Aniello's work on "Broad City" is in a significantly higher and more sophisticated level of effrontery than "Rough Night." Still, what's happening in the margins here is often interesting.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2/4 68% Cars 3 (2017) The first "Cars," such as it is, remains the most appealing in a relatively weak field. But if "Cars 3" pays for another "Ratatouille" or "Inside Out," I say: slum away, slum away.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/4 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Weisz and the sharpest supporting players lift "My Cousin Rachel" to a higher plane.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/4 88% It Comes At Night (2017) Shults has both the instincts and the technical facility to make pretty much any kind of atypical picture he wants.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
1/4 16% The Mummy (2017) The movie is a pain in the sarcophagus. I fear that it will anger the gods.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/4 74% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) Whatever wavelength the quietly riveting Malek and the equally intriguing Sheil are on, they're on it together.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
2.5/4 64% Dean (2017) Martin's a smooth enough director to make fuller and more ambitious pictures than "Dean." This one's a promising start.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3.5/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Gal Gadot grabs the Lasso of Truth and the bracelets of infinite resilience to take center stage in Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins' formidable and almost entirely successful bid to make the DC Comics movies a little less lame.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
1.5/4 19% Baywatch (2017) The movie is all preening and very few laughs, though Daddario and Efron have a few moments, and Johnson remains a supremely likable slab of movie star.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
2.5/4 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) It's a maddeningly uneven picture, with an action climax staged and executed with the air of a contractual agreement. But as with "Prometheus," the most elegantly wrought sequences make up for the monster stuff plainly less interesting to Scott.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2.5/4 69% The Wall (2017) The central performances by Taylor-Johnson and Cena stick to the life-and-death business at hand, which is also the stuff of blood, sweat, some tears but not too much corn.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2/4 35% Snatched (2017) Funny here and there, but in ways that make the bulk of the formulaic material all the more frustrating.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
1.5/4 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) I'm no businessman, but plans for a six-film franchise may be optimistic. Optimism is nowhere to be found in Ritchie's movie itself.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
3/4 69% Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2017) He was, and is, loved, supremely, by millions. "Chasing Trane" shares the love.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2.5/4 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) It's stupid-smart bits... that make up for the more routine aspects of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
3.5/4 96% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) It's consistently absorbing and well-acted, and Mungiu's camera makes even simple police station interrogations or drive-around sequences unassuming things of beauty.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3.5/4 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Gere has never been better, more alive, on screen.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3.5/4 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) Film by film, Gray is becoming a truer, more effective version of the filmmaker inside him.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/4 70% American Anarchist (2017) Siskel's movie - flawed, somewhat limited but never dull - makes Powell eat his words and then, in metaphorical terms, write the restaurant review.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2.5/4 80% Colossal (2017) With a few trims the film could be entirely different and blandly realistic ... But "Colossal" wants more.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) It'll make its billion. That's what it was designed to do.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
2/4 70% Gifted (2017) Virtually no one involved appears to have remembered what human or human-adjacent behavior should feel like, scene to scene.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/4 46% Going in Style (2017) Collectively these performers have learned more about what works with an audience, and how to serve a character, than can be measured.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/4 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) "Ghost in the Shell" owes a great deal to previous incarnations of the material, including the 1995 animated feature. But it actually feels like an organic entity, which is an odd thing to say about a movie about robots and humans with robotic upgrades.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017