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Michael Phillips

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 98% First Reformed (2018) An act of spiritual inquiry, a coolly assured example of cinematic scholarship in subtly deployed motion and one of the strongest pictures of 2018.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2/4 69% On Chesil Beach (2018) What worked on the page, more or less, struggles on screen...‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2.5/4 75% The Seagull (2018) Bening and Stoll, in particular, find all the wit, vanity, vulnerability and casual cruelty there is to be found here.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/4 69% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Howard's efficient, confident, slightly square direction does the job. It's his best film in a decade.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
3/4 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) Reynolds, one of three credited writers, took more creative control with this sequel. That may sound like trouble, but the innate self-effacement built into the actor's breezy motormouth skill set apparently kept his better instincts at the fore.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
3.5/4 91% Hitler's Hollywood (2018) There's a great deal to process and absorb here. We are the images we make of ourselves and our times, for better or worse.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
2.5/4 38% Life of the Party (2018) Everyone's acting in different keys, sometimes in different movies, but whatever: I'll take Maya Rudolph and Gillian Jacobs in just about anything.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3.5/4 87% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Tilt it one way, and "Let the Sunshine In" becomes a dramatic portrait of a woman's sensual restlessness. Tilted the other way, it's a bittersweet romantic comedy.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3.5/4 88% Claire's Camera (La caméra de Claire) (2018) I'm not entirely sure why the film works. Its a blithe disinterest in telling a conventional story will leave some viewers, even discerning ones, feeling unsatisfied.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
3/4 85% Disobedience (2018) If the film lacks a formidable emotional impact, that's partly by design.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
2.5/4 87% Tully (2018) At its spiky, intermittent best, "Tully" is the best work Cody has done in the conventional feature format since "Juno."‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
4/4 97% The Rider (2018) It's just plain excellent.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
2/4 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Ten years ago this month, the Marvel universe was launched with the fresh, lively, relatively easygoing "Iron Man." It seems more like 100.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
2/4 33% I Feel Pretty (2018) It's just not funny or fresh enough, and that has everything to do with the material and how it's handled visually, and nothing to do with the people on the screen.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
92% The Awful Truth (1937) This is Grant's first truly remarkable performance, morphing a romantic leading man into a suave, impish clown.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3.5/4 94% Zama (2018) "Zama" is a patient, delicately strange film chronicling an increasingly impatient man and a destiny beyond his control.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3.5/4 91% Lean on Pete (2018) This is a tough movie to shake, and while it believes in the kindness of strangers, "Lean on Pete" never forgets every other human failing, impulse and circumstance.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3.5/4 86% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Audiences, particularly heterosexual male audiences, still eat up the old rugged-individualist noir cliches. It's about time a female director of serious nerve threw the genre a curveball.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
1.5/4 52% Rampage (2018) Nobody goes to a movie like Rampage for the poetry, but truly this is a terrible screenplay, credited to four writers and tonally all over the place. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
2/4 79% Chappaquiddick (2018) A political biopic's most difficult target lies in the elusive circle above character assassination and below hagiography. "Chappaquiddick" misses that target.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/4 83% Blockers (2018) The teenage girls act, and interact, like human beings on planet Earth, fully free of the nagging John Hughesian archetypes of "babe" or "wallflower" or "uptight scold."‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2.5/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Working from a script he wrote with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, director Krasinski exhibits a sure sense of what will hold the audience, moment to moment.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/4 73% Final Portrait (2018) "Final Portrait" is barely 90 minutes long, which is about right, and several of those minutes are wordless - patient and observant of the artist's surroundings, inquisitive regarding what Giacometti is trying to will into being.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3/4 73% Ready Player One (2018) By a whisker, Spielberg wins the race against his own material.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
3/4 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) Worth seeing and often very droll, as well as exactingly, rigorously, fastidiously composed, stop-motion frame by frame.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
3.5/4 96% Foxtrot (2018) Most everything ... in "Foxtrot" feeds into a singular, aching illustration of fate at its cruelest.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
2.5/4 79% Unsane (2018) When a movie's written one way and filmed an entirely different way, and there's a distinct, stubborn sensibility behind the smartphone lens, at least you get a whatzit that isn't like anything else currently on offer.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
2/4 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) "Pacific Rim: Uprising" may be not be much, but in the spirit of the film itself, let's be realistic. It's better than any of the "Transformers" movies, and shorter.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
3.5/4 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) If it's a romp, then it's a romp that does what anything on this topic must do: leave audiences a little rattled, with a hint of ashes in the mouth.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2/4 25% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Never terrible, nor never more than dramatically adequate.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
2/4 49% Tomb Raider (2018) Vikander is a fine Lara Croft. Moviewise, however, she could use a better set of clues.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
3/4 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) A fidget. An averted glance. An exasperated, darting look. These are the building blocks of noir, and "Thoroughbreds" is confident enough to establish Finley as a talent to watch.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2.5/4 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) It has flashes of inspiration and raw emotion, and beyond the famous faces in the cast, Disney's "Wrinkle in Time" is graced with a wonderful, natural Meg courtesy of the young actress Storm Reid. Now 14, she's easy and versatile screen company.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
1/4 17% Death Wish (2018) Chicago: the city that works. It's capable of redemption, we're told, if the right Dr. Kill-Dare comes along to clean up the carnage the American way: more carnage.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
1.5/4 47% Red Sparrow (2018) The cast excels at transcending its material. The script by Justin Haythe matches Francis Lawrence's direction; it's workmanlike and steady and pretty flat.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
2.5/4 82% Game Night (2018) Bateman's sly way of staying one step to the left of the center of the action extracts an additional layer of humor. McAdams, meantime, does all she can to activate the screwball fizz amid the improbabilities.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2.5/4 87% Annihilation (2018) Garland makes a valiant go of its concerns, but "Annihilation" feels like a short-story amount of story pulled and twisted into feature length.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
2/4 54% Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) Here's hoping the third outing, which will take the main characters to Tokyo, returns to the amiable, artful high jinks of the first.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3.5/4 97% Black Panther (2018) May Marvel learn its lesson from "Black Panther": When a movie like this ends up feeling both personal and vital, you've done something right.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
16% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) There are humanist bits and chunks of "Interstellar" and "Arrival," though in order to set up another chapter of this loosely assembled saga of woe, "The Cloverfield Paradox" eventually, dutifully gets around to a nonhuman adversary in close-up.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3/4 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Its clarity of purpose translates to an effectively lean and straightforward story of adversity and survival, in any language.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
1.5/4 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) We love stories of real-life heroics and grace under lethal pressure. But we need them to be more than the sum of their stirring intentions.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
3/4 86% Vazante (2018) Any director this far along in developing an assured visual style truly is a director to watch.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
2/4 57% Django (2018) A more honest script might've supported Reda Kateb's laid-back, medium-effective portrayal of Reinhardt more fully. As is, he's depicted as an artist man floating through his awful times, living for the music.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
3.5/4 93% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) The personalities make the picture, and James' camera presence is such that "Abacus" never seems to gin up or theatricalize anyone's thoughts or behavior.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/4 96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) It fascinates both as film history and as a sobering reminder of how little credit a woman like Lamarr received, even at the peak of her popularity.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
2.5/4 41% Den of Thieves (2018) It's a sidewinding but often suprisingly effective LA crime thriller. It's also saddled with the wrong leading man.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
2.5/4 73% Mom and Dad (2018) At one point [Cage] sledgehammers a pool table to smithereens while singing the "Hokey Pokey," and honestly: That's what it's all about.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
2.5/4 42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) The script is just so-so, but Ball's directorial eye, clear in the first "Maze Runner" film though largely AWOL in the second, saves the third and final adventure from its own bloat.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
2.5/4 54% 12 Strong (2018) It's not a bad movie, as far as it goes. In terms of context, though, it goes virtually nowhere.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018