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  • Middle Men

    Middle Men
    2 stars Far too much of the loosely factual Internet-porn origin myth "Middle Men," set on the fringes of the 1990s adult-entertainment industry in Southern California, is relayed through voice-over narration read by Luke Wilson. Nobody minded when Ray...
  • 'The Expendables'

    2 stars The cinematic equivalent of Ribfest, Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables" is all gristle and meat, featuring more leathery tough guys than "Cruising," "The Dirty Dozen" and the '80s and '90s Cannon films canon put together. Is it fun? Sort of....
  • 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'

    3 stars It's easy to make a movie in a style approximating that of a comic book or graphic novel. "Sin City" did it. "Road to Perdition" did it. "Watchmen" and "Kick-Ass" did it. As did "Ghost World." Except for that last one, the others fell short as...
  • Michael Phillips' 10 worst movies of 2010

    Michael Phillips' 10 worst movies of 2010
  • Come hang out with me in the `Living Room'

     
    Roland Martin, The author I was supposed to interview at the Printers Row Lit Fest this weekend, pulled out at the last minute -- fear of my relentless inquisitorial style? Insulted by not getting a higher ranking interrogator? I'm not......
  • Will negative 'Eclipse' reviews keep 'Twilight' fans, other moviegoers away?

     
    The much-anticipated third installment of the "Twilight" franchise opened last night at midnight across the country. Unfortunately, "Eclipse" is not getting the best reviews from film critics across the country. Rotten Tomatoes is tracking critics at only...
  • REVIEW: 'Predators' doesn't fight to the finish

     
    Film critic Michael Phillips says "Predators" is a cinematic stab in the dark. "Predators," plural, starts well and ends poorly, and in the middle it's in the middle. The original 1987 "Predator," featuring future politicians Arnold Schwarzenegger and...
  • Roger Ebert and PBS bring back 'At the Movies'

     
    Film world: Prepare to embrace the thumbs again. Roger Ebert announced Friday the return of “At the Movies” to PBS stations. Produced by Ebert and his wife, the weekly half-hour film review program —revamped as “Roger Ebert Presents...
  • Roger Ebert returns with 'Roger Ebert presents At the Movies'

     
    Reviewing 'Roger Ebert presents at the Movies'...
  • Cookie Monster and I share a stage for the first (and last?) time

     
    At Chicago Live! tonight: Eric Zorn moderates a post-election panel with K. Sujata, president of the Chicago Foundation for Women, former alderman Dick Simpson and political strategist Don Washington. This could be interesting. Washington is an eloquent,...
  • For many Taylor was simply 'famous for being famous'

     
    In his career retrospective on actress Elizabetth Taylor, who died today at age 79, our Michael Phillips notes, "By the '70s she was famous for being famous." In other words, you have to be roughly 50 to have memories of......