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Michael Phillips

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  • Printers Row Lit Fest: The family guide

    Printers Row Lit Fest: The family guide
    This weekend marks the 30-year anniversary of the Printers Row Lit Fest, and there’s no shortage of family-friendly literary fun, with more than 30 events for kids, teens and parents. And those are just the scheduled events. At Just Kidding Park,...
  • Election night eats: Rice pudding comforts

    Election night eats: Rice pudding comforts
    Our SUNDAY section story on the election, "Red, white and do: Do you have a campaign plan for Tuesday night?" offers a variety of things to, well, sip (a red-white-and-blue Cast Your Ballots cocktail from Vincent's Briar Brackney) and watch (movies from...
  • 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...
  • Chicago schools, preventing violence, and the arts on Chicago Live! this week (Plus a code for discount tickets)

    Chicago schools, preventing violence, and the arts on Chicago Live! this week (Plus a code for discount tickets)
    This week’s Chicago Live! lineup has shaped into a timely gathering of people and organizations working to better Chicago. The just-released film “The Interrupters” is drawing international attention to Chicago’s innovative...
  • Mediators try to make streets a little less mean

    Mediators try to make streets a little less mean
    In its charting of a Chicago epidemic and belief in the power of street-level human empathy, the superb documentary "The Interrupters" comes to us at a time when the notion of conflict resolution has been sidelined utterly on the national political level....
  • A good movie, and a bad one, packed into one Movies section

    A good movie, and a bad one, packed into one Movies section
    Friday's movie reviews run the quality gamut, with "Higher Ground" receiving three-and-a-half stars and "A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy" getting zero stars. So I trucked over to Movies Critic Michael Phillips' cubicle to ask him about it. First, about the...
  • Movie review: 'Straw Dogs'

    Movie review: 'Straw Dogs'
    Writer-director Rod Lurie's bird-brained remake of "Straw Dogs" doesn't work on its own terms, and it can't hold a candle to the unruly, unstable merits of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 original. It's miscast, barely functional in terms of technique, stupid and...
  • A free ticket to Monday's film critic Oscar preview talk at the Biograph

    A free ticket to Monday's film critic Oscar preview talk at the Biograph
    How do movies get picked as Oscar-worthy? Which nominees do critics think have the best shot and why? Are your picks different? It's Oscar week: Join a panel of movie critics Monday night at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater to talk about the year's...