| Jul 14, 2011
| 12:22 PM
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...
| Aug 3, 2011
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...
| Aug 5, 2011
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...
| Aug 10, 2011
| 11:55 AM
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...
| Aug 12, 2011
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....
| Sep 1, 2011
| 1:14 PM
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...
| Sep 16, 2011
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...
| Feb 17, 2012
| 9:59 AM
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...
| Nov 10, 2011
| 12:53 PM
There are many pleasures in editing movies content for the Chicago Tribune, not the least of which is working with talented writers such as our critic, Michael Phillips, columnist Nina Metz, writers Chris Borrelli and Mark Caro and gifted colleagues at...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:18 PM
December's Printers Row Book of the Month was also the top weekend box office draw in mid-December: J.R.R. Tolkien's jaunty adventure "The Hobbit," now in the form of a two-hour-plus 3-D action movie, thanks to New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
| Aug 10, 2012
| 6:08 AM
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....