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Michael Phillips

Columnist Chicago Tribune

Michael Phillips is the film critic of the Chicago Tribune, and has written about film, television, theater and other subjects for the Tribune since he arrived from the Los Angeles Times in 2002. He’s a regular guest on “Filmspotting,” broadcast on Chicago Public Radio, and has hosted “The Film Score,” a celebration of great movie music, on WFMT-FM. He was born in Kenosha, Wisc., in the year of “The Hustler” and “Flower Drum Song.”

Recent Articles

  • Movie review: 'Gone Girl'

    Movie review: 'Gone Girl'

    David Fincher's film version of the Gillian Flynn bestseller "Gone Girl" is a stealthy, snake-like achievement. It's everything the book was and more — more, certainly, in its sinister, brackish atmosphere dominated by mustard-yellow fluorescence, designed to make you squint, recoil and then lean...

  • Movie review: 'Lucy'

    Movie review: 'Lucy'

    After 20 minutes, 'Lucy' script stops living up to Scarlett Johansson's potential

  • Movie review: 'Tammy'

    Movie review: 'Tammy'

    Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon provide 'Tammy's' comic fuel

  • Movie review: '22 Jump Street'

    Movie review: '22 Jump Street'

    The peculiar sweetness of "21 Jump Street" has taken a hiatus in "22 Jump Street," a brazen sequel that's both slightly disappointing and a reliable, often riotous "laffer" in the old Variety trade-magazine parlance. No question about it, I laffed, more at the little things — Channing Tatum trying...

  • Movie review: 'The Fault in Our Stars'

    Movie review: 'The Fault in Our Stars'

    Story of two teens in love and battling cancer assaults the tear ducts, but lead actress makes the most of her emotions

  • Movie review: 'Maleficent'

    Movie review: 'Maleficent'

    Angelina Jolie puts some heart into 'Sleeping Beauty's' bad, bad girl

  • Movie review: 'Divergent'

    Movie review: 'Divergent'

    A 'Hunger Games'-like franchise falls well short of that standard

  • Movie review: 'The Campaign'

    Movie review: 'The Campaign'

    Talk about your undecided voters. The new Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis vehicle "The Campaign" can't make up its mind about dumb versus smart, crass versus crass with a conscience, or cheap caricature versus satire stoked by a sincere call to action. Comedies with something to say often go about...

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