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Michael Phillips

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  • Why should we watch Caddyshack?

    Why should we watch Caddyshack?
    It’s fun, that’s why. I’m here for the fun. The raucous, laugh-filled experience of the Tribune’s “Slap Shot" sparked it, and I’m still getting thanks for co-hosting that event. “Caddyshack" is the “Slap...
  • 'It's in the hole!'

    'It's in the hole!'
    Let’s talk about the most famous call at The Masters. It did not occur this year at the recently completed tournament, although the way Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera played golf’s version of H-O-R-S-E for the last hour certainly lent itself...
  • 'Pacific Rim' delivers monster-mashing fun, reviews say

    Amid a summer in which Earth has been decimated by an alien intelligence, abandoned by humanity, overrun by zombies and beset by demons, "Pacific Rim" introduces yet another threat: kaiju -- giant, city-smashing monsters from the deep. Mankind's only hope...
  • 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...
  • Prep for holiday meal

    Prep for holiday meal
    It’s the busiest season of the year for us in Good Eating, as we prepare for two weeks of Thanksgiving coverage. All the recipes have been tested, the photographs shot and the stories edited. Just as we put the sections to bed (look for our coverage...
  • 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...
  • Do you judge a summer blockbuster the same way you do an Oscar contender?

    Do you judge a summer blockbuster the same way you do an Oscar contender?
    So this has been an ideal week for a film critic: “X-Men: First Class” sharing the Friday Movies section with the new Terrence Malick film “The Tree of Life,” which has to be one of the more daring mainstream pictures of the new...
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions
    Wondering about how our social media classes & seminars work? Here are the answers to some of our more frequently asked questions. Q: What is TribU? A: Classes and seminars for people seeking enrichment all fall under the TribU banner. The classes,...
  • A new, added, guide to gourmet movies

    A new, added, guide to gourmet movies
    One of the joys of the extra space afforded us in the Tribune’s recent redesign has been the addition of a full page of film recommendations, labeled ON SCREEN. On that page film critic Michael Phillips (with an occasional assist from other...
  • What's a lollapalooza?

    What's a lollapalooza?
    Two thoughts, as we watch Columbus Drive transform into a wall of portable toilets. One, must be Lollapalooza time. Two, where on Earth did that word come from? Legend and Encyclopedia Britannica have it that founder and Jane's Addiction leader Perry...
  • Movie Review: 'The Change-Up'

    Movie Review: 'The Change-Up'
    When the comedy "Any Wednesday" opened on Broadway in 1964 Walter Kerr reviewed a then-unknown Gene Hackman and noted, memorably, the actor's "wonderfully light-footed habit of stepping off a joke before it begins to complain." Isn't that an exquisite...