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Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 94% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) This is the longest movie in the franchise. It just doesn't feel that way. I haven't been this into a Star Wars picture since the Empire struck back in The Empire Strikes Back.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
1/4 32% Wonder Wheel (2017) Line to line, "Wonder Wheel" clunks and groans.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3.5/4 95% The Shape of Water (2017) "The Shape of Water" is devoted, madly, to the notion of love as a state of liquid bliss, and we see that bliss and a hundred other emotions in Hawkins' nonverbal (mostly) but endlessly expressive performance.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3/4 87% Darkest Hour (2017) "Darkest Hour" pulls from both extremes of Oldman's prodigious but often unexploited skill set, the subtlety as well as the flamboyance.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
2/4 94% The Disaster Artist (2017) Should newcomers to this particular cinematic phenomenon see "The Room" first? Yes. Seeing "The Disaster Artist" is less crucial to their camp education.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3/4 97% Coco (2017) "Coco" may not reach the Pixar heights, but there's an upside to its narrative density and elaborations: Since the movie's beautiful, a second viewing will not be difficult.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
2.5/4 50% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Even when the movie loses its way narratively, Washington's in there, slugging, building a living, breathing character out of Gilroy's knight-errant.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
3.5/4 97% Mudbound (2017) We've seen stories like this one before on screen, but what's new, and arresting, about "Mudbound" is how easily and persuasively director Rees moves between these families.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/4 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) "Three Billboards" raises the stakes as it goes.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/4 89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) Hitchcock's shower scene may never leave the pop culture of fear it helped create.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2/4 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Midway through a middling film adaptation, like this one, you realize it's the same old clue-delivery mechanism, in a darker mood but also a less lively one.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
4/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) I love it. If a more enchanted movie comes along this year, I'll be surprised.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 90% Princess Cyd (2017) The performances by Pinnick and Spence are clean, vivid and honestly felt, with a lot of the best work emerging nonverbally in the spaces between characters closing a gap.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) The Marvel Fatigue factor continues, to be sure. But hiring Waititi, and letting the right actors lean into the comedy, constitutes not a marvel, but a qualified victory.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2/4 54% LBJ (2017) What you get is a straightfoward, frustratingly mild portrait of a big man who, in "Hamilton"-speak, wanted to be in the room where it happened, but who really just wanted to be loved and respected.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2.5/4 29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) A movie can be unreasonably formulaic and still be reasonably diverting, and "A Bad Moms Christmas" is the proof.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
3.5/4 71% Wonderstruck (2017) Haynes has always favored a quietude in his movies, and he's extremely well-suited to this material. It's a fairy tale full of earned sentiment.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/4 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) These are formidable, icy influences, and Lanthimos is a formidable enough talent to use them to his own ends. And yet the strangeness this time feels more studied.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3.5/4 100% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) This movie, a diary of a freewheeling, far-flung installation art project, combines chance and intuition and a humane eye.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/4 89% Only the Brave (2017) "Only the Brave" gets better and better as it goes.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/4 92% Chavela (2017) A fond but clear-eyed tribute.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/4 83% Marshall (2017) There's enough in Thurgood Marshall's story for another two or three movies, but this one's an engaging chapter in the early morning hours of the civil rights era.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/4 86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) It's a lively and absorbing picture - intelligently sexy, tastefully salacious but serious enough to stick.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3.5/4 95% The Florida Project (2017) Dafoe has never had a role this warm and sweet, and he plays it for low-keyed honesty. The kids and the adults, some non-professionals, all become part of a bright purple beehive.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/4 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) All the performances are terrific, even when some of the scenes sputter or reiterate the grievances.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/4 92% Trouble in Paradise (1932) Filmmakers, screenwriters, actors and audiences can learn every sort of valuable trick from it.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3/4 98% Lucky (2017) The movie's small, and a little too tidy, but its devotion to ritual and routine nonetheless gives the actors room to maneuver.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Will cinematographer Roger Deakins, having been nominated for an Academy Award 13 times, finally receive a damn Oscar? Yes. I hope it's yes. It should be "yes."‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
3/4 100% Signature Move (2017) It doesn't all work. But the film's gently erratic personality is winning nonetheless, and it's interesting to watch Reeder, in the first project she has done without a hand in the writing, make sense of the tones.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
1.5/4 18% Woodshock (2017) The movie turns you, the audience, into the one person at the party who isn't high.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2.5/4 87% American Made (2017) As is, at two hours, it's fairly entertaining even when it doesn't quite work.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
3.5/4 94% 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 51% 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 94% 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 86% 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 85% 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 77% 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 40% 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 91% 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
74% 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 82% 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 88% 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