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  • Michael Phillips on 2013 screenplays up for Oscars

    Michael Phillips on 2013 screenplays up for Oscars
    Oscar-nominated or not, a screenplay remains a halfway thing until it goes before the cameras. Similarly, a movie is only a movie until the post-screening discussion, whether that discussion takes place in your head, alone, or with strangers in a room. At that point a movie becomes a Socratic debate. Unless it's "The Lego Movie," which everybody seems to like a lot.
  • Bringing Chicago baseball fans some real laughs

    Bringing Chicago baseball fans some real laughs
    "There's no crying in baseball." Start there. Start with one of the most famous movie lines ever. Start with Tom Hanks’ character in "A League of Their Own" in that magnificent scene where he's screaming about the Cubs' lousy hitting with...

    How Penny Marshall made 'League' pass muster

    How Penny Marshall made 'League' pass muster
    Baseball was very important to Penny Marshall in her baseball movie. Now, that might sound obvious, but if you’ve ever seen, I don’t know, "The Pride of the Yankees"’ or "The Babe Ruth Story,"’ then you know how stupid baseball can...

    Readers critique Tribune movie critic Michael Phillips

    Readers critique Tribune movie critic Michael Phillips
    Today we hear from you, the unassailable and cherished readers. Hello, by the way. Hope you're well. "Mr. Phillips," writes Brandon McNeill, who had me at mister, "as a longtime Tribune subscriber and life-long movie fan, I find your film reviews and...

    Realism outweighs budget in indie genre

    Realism outweighs budget in indie genre
    You can draw a straight line connecting Andrew Bujalski, director of the low-key 2002 indie "Funny Ha Ha," to Lena Dunham, premium cable provocateur. Otherwise known as the show that launched a thousand think pieces, Dunham's HBO series "Girls"...