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Michael Phillips
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 90% 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 54% 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 92% 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 89% A Ghost Story (2017) This film squanders nothing and rushes very little.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 75% 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 94% 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 97% 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 90% 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 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 67% 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 15% 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 76% 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 68% 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 68% 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 69% 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
2/4 80% 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 46% 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 91% 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 43% 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 76% 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 93% 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