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Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 97% 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 86% 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 88% 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 78% 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 64% 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 45% 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 46% 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
2/4 79% Dig Two Graves (2017) It's an intriguing premise, weakened by a script lacking in strong forward motion.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2/4 40% Wilson (2017) Johnson overemphasizes the comedy and strains for the sentimental connection. Character motivations, or lack thereof, trip up the action in a way they did not in the graphic novel.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2.5/4 67% Life (2017) A grim and fairly effective cross between The Martian and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3.5/4 90% Raw (2017) It's mainly about all the BS women have to put up with today, in the name of fitting in and growing up. The cannibalism's the extension, the logical end point, of the other stuff.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2.5/4 45% Song to Song (2017) "Song to Song" tests its dreamers and wanderers and leaves them a little wiser, maybe, for the experience. And maybe that's the best way to express how I felt watching it ...‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3.5/4 80% Personal Shopper (2017) The movie barely hangs together, but there's a kind of magic in that word "barely" when you're in that movie's thrall.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
2/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) The problems here, I think, are weirdly simple. The movie takes our knowledge and our interest in the material for granted.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
3.5/4 77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The money's on the screen, but it bought a really good movie, too.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
2/4 92% Logan (2017) Logan is deadly serious, and while its gamer-style killing sprees are meant to be excitingly brutal, I found them numbing and, in the climax, borderline offensive.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
4/4 96% Spotlight (2015) Ruffalo gets top billing in the movie, and he brings some wonderfully lived-in behavioral details to his performance -- the quick, terrier-like movements of the head and the bitten-off sentences.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
3.5/4 99% Get Out (2017) This one really should be seen with a crowd.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
1.5/4 35% The Great Wall (2017) A monster movie, a white savior movie, and an extremely tedious movie.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet 76 Minutes and 15 Seconds With Abbas Kiarostami (2016) Touching, light-fingered ...‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/4 72% XX (2017) The results offer a collective shiver (not a lot of shrieks here) for those in the mood for sprightly, short-form misfortune.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3.5/4 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Watching "The Red Turtle" ... is like falling into an 80-minute wormhole of spare artistry.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The semiretired superassassin killed 77 adversaries last time around. The numbers are similar here.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
2.5/4 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) I enjoyed it well enough.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3.5/4 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) "The Salesman" doesn't shy away from showing its male protagonist as a righteous, misguided man. But he's still human. Everyone is in this picture, and in Farhadi's illusion-free worldview.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
1.5/4 25% The Comedian (2017) Everyone in "The Comedian" deserves a better movie than "The Comedian."‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
4/4 99% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) This movie isn't just a tribute to Baldwin. It's a warning bell regarding leaders who, in Baldwin's words, care only about "their safety and their profits."‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
4/4 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) The movie has a lot to say about the endless, free-floating bs women must contend with in a capitalistic patriarchy.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2.5/4 67% Ha-Sodot (The Secrets) (2007) Director Nesher has a way of reducing each confrontation to its two-dimensional essence, and he's not helped by a swampy, sentimental musical score.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 84% The Founder (2017) "The Founder" gives anyone who has eaten at a McDonald's a few things to think about.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/4 94% Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened... (2016) If you have any Broadway or Sondheim or show business in your bloodstream, you should go.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
2/4 34% Live By Night (2017) "Live by Night" may look first-rate (though Affleck's direction, whether it's action or simply two people, seething, is routine) but it feels second-hand.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
81% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) Nobody in cinema can rival the unique, electric combination of scowling power and exuberant physicality of Mifune.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
2.5/4 85% Silence (2017) Scorsese has lived with his love of this material for a long time. Maybe too long.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3/4 88% 20th Century Women (2017) "20th Century Women" doesn't get unduly hung up on plot, or even with the usual forward motion of a coming-of-age narrative. It's a group portrait of a makeshift family.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/4 96% 13th (2016) It's a crazy amount of ground to cover, but only rarely does 13th sacrifice clarity for cinematic energy.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
2.5/4 93% Hidden Figures (2017) "Hidden Figures" is a fairly entertaining gloss of a docudrama elevated by its cast.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
1/4 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) It's just a mediocre action movie, poorly edited and larded with a terrible musical score, based on a video game. Nothing new there.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3.5/4 93% Fences (2016) The people in charge, on screen and off, know what they have here, and they don't get material like this very often in their careers.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
4/4 93% La La Land (2016) Chazelle is a born filmmaker, and he doesn't settle for rehashing familiar bits from musicals we already love. He's too busy giving us reasons to fall for this one.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) A little bit "Guardians of the Galaxy," a little bit "Dirty Dozen" in its mass wartime slaughter, and a pretty good time once it gets going.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
3.5/4 89% Jackie (2016) Even if it lacks full dimension, and a final imaginative leap past the biopic strictures, "Jackie" pulls you into its web, shot by shot, moment by moment - most of them Portman's.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
2.5/4 96% Seasons (Les saisons) (2016) At its best, "Seasons" shakes off its predecessors and captures the simple, grand ideas it's after purely visually.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
2/4 14% Man Down (2016) The material ends up cheapening the experiences of so many real-life veterans, which surely was not the filmmakers' intention.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/4 96% Moana (2016) The film is bright, busy, enjoyable, progressive without being insufferable.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
2/4 61% Allied (2016) In a movie built around two characters, Pitt does not hold up his 50 percent.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
2/4 46% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) The movie doesn't really work. The script is all too faithful to Fountain's florid brand of not-quite-human poetry. The thesis lines thud into place.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 71% Bleed For This (2016) Not every biopic needs to reinvent the form. Sometimes it's enough to inhabit it, engagingly.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016