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Michael Phillips
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 57% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) It took J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter-adjacent franchise exactly one film for the shrugs to set in, even with all those fine actors up there amid expensive digital blue flames.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 86% A Private War (2018) Pike's unblinking, emphatic quality has its limitations, but by the film's midpoint she rolls with every scene. Fierce and alert, she holds the screen.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
2/4 42% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Alvarez handles the action breathlessly and well enough. The movie's acted with serious conviction. But I kind of hate it.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
2/4 20% Nobody's Fool (2018) Too much of "Nobody's Fool" makes do with well-worn exchanges and contrived, overheard conversations.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3/4 81% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) The nervous rhythm established by editor Bob Murawski, following the lead of the footage Welles himself assembled, keeps the film in constant state of agitation.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
2/4 36% Hunter Killer (2018) It's less a submarine picture and more a noisy, oddly structured mashup of Russian military coup, Navy SEALs rescue operation and Gerard Butler's ability to clench his jaw three clicks past the setting "fully clenched."‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 88% What They Had (2018) It's an actors' feast, and a genuine calling card for Chomko, primarily an actress (a strong one) before "What They Had," but now very much a writer-director coming into her own.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
3.5/4 99% Free Solo (2018) The tensions inherent in Honnold's singular life are many. "Free Solo" gives you just enough of that life on terra firma to make the heights truly dazzling.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
2.5/4 79% Halloween (2018) It's a fairly engrossing bit of fan service, boasting many clever touches and a few disappointing ones.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
2.5/4 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Chalamet's terrific throughout, accessing and deploying every kind of emotion in unpredictable combinations.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
86% Colette (2018) There's more going on in Colette than tame hagiography; the results are happily vibrant, even if the sexual inequities depicted remain grimly pertinent.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/4 96% The Hate U Give (2018) The movie is both honest and humane, as well as hopeful.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2.5/4 73% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) The movie is 100 percent plot, 60 percent of which serves itself nicely. The rest tends to self-compete.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/4 88% First Man (2018) I'm glad Chazelle's film offers some fresh points of view on its subject; it's proof he'll be able to keep his filmmaking wits about him, no matter what genre he's exploring.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
3/4 90% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The movie may not be a big deal, but it's a shrewd small one...‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3.5/4 97% Blaze (2018) Hawke's fascinated by the tug of war between artistic freedom and domestic responsibility, and he's found clever ways to deal with that theme while zigzagging through Foley's life of music, alcohol, cocaine and women.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2/4 29% Night School (2018) The actors aren't the problem with "Night School"; the material is.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/4 88% Love, Gilda (2018) For older fans, it's a welcome excuse to reminisce. For newcomers it's an entertaining primer on Radner's life, times, demons and famous inventions.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
1/4 13% Life Itself (2018) Too many stray touches here belong to a Fidelity Investments ad, or a pushy yet empathetic marketing campaign for a pain reliever.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Gaga's easy, offhanded command of the screen matches up well with Cooper's sincere, straight-ahead portrayal of a good man undermining his own talent. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/4 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Decker's visually supple exploration may chase its tail in the second half, but at its best "Madeline's Madeline" shifts perspectives and power dynamics seamlessly.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/4 100% Minding the Gap (2018) Much of "Minding the Gap" is painful to witness, but as past and present intersect and recombine and Liu's wealth of footage coalesces, the finished film becomes a cautiously hopeful and even cathartic experience.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3.5/4 84% The Wife (2018) Runge is very good with actors. It's a pleasure simply to watch Close and Pryce establish such minute and careful gradations of happiness, desolation and exasperation in their scenes together.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
2.5/4 53% Papillon (2018) What Charriere endured, and finally left behind, has already proven irresistible to a global audience. This retelling - prettily assembled, a little dull - gives that audience little that's truly new.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
0/4 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) "The Happytime Murders" is a one-joke movie, minus one joke.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
2.5/4 45% The Meg (2018) Forgettably entertaining/entertainingly forgettable.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3/4 71% Christopher Robin (2018) Movies about saying goodbye to childhood friends, and finding them again, work on our emotional defenses like nothing else.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
2.5/4 82% Puzzle (2018) Macdonald is so good, on her own or with a scene partner, director Marc Turtletaub's movie refuses to fall apart.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
2.5/4 85% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) Many of the flourishes come off as callow, superficial. You watch "The Captain" with a sick feeling in your stomach, but probably not sick enough.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
2.5/4 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) "The Spy Who Dumped Me" gets by, barely, thanks mainly to Kate McKinnon.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3.5/4 97% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) Simply by lingering with his pensive, compelling subject at the keyboard, or engaging Sakamoto (discreetly) in his thoughts on his life and his music, Schible casts a spell and captures the spirit of a uniquely gifted composer.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3.5/4 100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) The movie should be required viewing for every politician in America. It's a gentle but clear-eyed reminder of the way things are, for so very many of us.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3.5/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) McQuarrie piles on the mayhem like a boss. His "M:I" films exude class, intelligent expense and giddy expansiveness in equal measure.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
3.5/4 93% Blindspotting (2018) An exuberant, brightly colored, zigzagging portrait of a city, an uneasy transformation and a friendship.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
3.5/4 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) It's a provocative, serious, ridiculous, screwy concoction about whiteface, cultural code-switching, African-American identities and twisted new forms of wage slavery, beyond previously known ethical limits.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
2.5/4 53% The First Purge (2018) The latest Purge is an erratic, fairly absorbing and righteously angry prequel.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
2.5/4 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) At its mean, snakelike best, it's also a brutally assured commercial action picture, unburdened by the moral qualms or unnerving ambiguity of its predecessor.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/4 63% Uncle Drew (2018) The whole movie's that way, succeeding on the simplest possible terms: It's fun to hang out with these people for a while.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
1.5/4 71% Damsel (2018) Like everything else attractive to the eye in "Damsel," this image of happiness is a cruel illusion. It's also an unilluminating one.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Rudd is such a friendly, likable presence; he sets this movie's pace, while Lilly's fiercely committed Hope/Wasp acts as the perfect counterweight. Rudd's scenes with Lilly and with Fortson make the movie matter in human terms.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
2.5/4 60% The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) Peck's work is handsome; what it lacks is a true sense of danger, a feeling of history roiling in the present tense.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3.5/4 83% Five Seasons: The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf (2018) Like Oudolf, the filmmaker sees the plants first, always, without denying the people or the other built environments around them.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Bayona and his writers wanted to give audiences a different kind of monster movie. That they did.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
1.5/4 55% Tag (2018) If you like the trailer, please know the best bits are in it. If you're not enticed by the trailer, it's not like the movie's better; there's just 98 minutes more of it.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3.5/4 100% L'eau froide (Cold Water) (1994) Not everything works in "Cold Water," but there's a searching quality to its best passages.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
2.5/4 49% Superfly (2018) [A] grungy, fairly entertaining remake...‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
2.5/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) In a narrative about how to handle your work/life balance to the benefit of both spouses as well as the betterment of your children, "Incredibles 2" seems content to punch the clock and do its job reasonably well.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
3/4 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) It's not on the level of "Snowpiercer," say, whose hurtling train provided the momentum. But at its best, this one taps into a similar futuristic-societal-microcosm vibe.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
2/4 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) I wish "Ocean's 8" were livelier; I like movies that set an elegant, amusing trap with some flair.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
3.5/4 89% Hereditary (2018) Working with a superb cast, a crafty, teasing musical score by Colin Stetson and a steady accumulation of wracked nerves, gathered image by carefully planned image, this movie promises a paradoxically bright future for its director.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018