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Michael Phillips
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 95% Stronger (2017) "Stronger" is a movie you need to see, no matter how much you think you don't need to see it.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
1.5/4 49% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) I wish I found more of the sick-jokiness funny, as opposed to skeevy. I wish director Matthew Vaughn didn't shoot every slaughterfest with the same slo-mo tics and lurches.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2.5/4 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) The movie is both fun and a mild disappointment ...‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
99% Whose Streets? (2017) Whose Streets? is an impassioned polemic.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
100% Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992 (2017) [Let it Fall] accomplishes what straightforward nonfiction narrative can do in the best of circumstance.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
4/4 96% Rat Film (2017) This is a docu-essay of a high, searching order and as written, directed, photographed and edited by Anthony, it's a 2017 highlight.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
1.5/4 34% American Assassin (2017) It's not a technical shambles; the movie takes care of an action audience's basic needs. But it's one of those not-bad experiences I ended up resisting to its core.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/4 68% mother! (2017) It's worth seeing -- if you don't mind a little insanity in escapism that offers no escape, only the promise of a new fairy tale on another page.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
2.5/4 84% Nocturama (2017) Much like Bonello's previous film, "Yves Saint Laurent," "Nocturama" revels in pure experience. But the sum total of its gliding abstractions is a mite brainless.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3.5/4 97% Columbus (2017) Few contemporary American films operate on this level of aesthetic precision. In a first feature, yet.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2/4 84% It (2017) What do we have here, really? We have a story that feels not so much freshly imagined as dutifully recounted.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3/4 75% Crown Heights (2017) In his second narrative feature directorial effort, Ruskin handles it smoothly and with an eye toward pace, even at the expense of the honest, offhanded moments that can make a galling true crime story such as this come alive on the screen.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
100% Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Release (2017) What I love about "Close Encounters" has nothing to do with graceful plotting or complex depictions of a marriage at a breaking point. It has everything to do with visual scale.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2/4 37% 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 89% 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 83% 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 86% 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 48% 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 96% 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 74% 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 50% 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 92% A Ghost Story (2017) This film squanders nothing and rushes very little.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 77% 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 78% 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 89% 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 77% 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 46% 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 75% 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 89% 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 63% 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 18% 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 70% 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 67% 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