Michael Phillips is the film critic of the Chicago Tribune, and was co-host of the long-running nationally syndicated TV show "At the Movies" in its final season, after filling in for Roger Ebert off and on since 2006. He covers movies for CLTV and can be heard most Fridays on WGN-AM. This summer he guest hosted the popular filmspotting. net podcast (broadcast on WBEZ-FM) and has guested on everything from "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," "Entourage," "The View," "Charlie Rose," BBC radio, MSNBC and Chicago's own ABC-7.
In his former life as a theater critic he wrote for the Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Dallas Times-Herald. He has chaired the Pulitzer Prize drama jury and is a three-time Pulitzer drama juror. Born in Kenosha, Wisc., raised in Racine, Wisc., Phillips is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and lives on Chicago's northwest side with his son and two dogs.
From the Chicago TribuneMovie critic
May 23, 2013
A Petra Pan travels boroughs and beyond in 'Frances Ha' ★★★ 1/2
Often when you're young, and sometimes even when you're older than young, adulthood is something ventured into partway, like a wading pool. The deep end your friends are already inhabiting looks a long way away.
May 23, 2013
'Epic' can't see the forest for the plot ★★
The hopeful title of "Epic" suggests big things in a way that a more accurate title, such as "How to Train Your Hummingbird," would not. The animated result isn't bad. It's an adequate baby sitter. But where's the allure in telling the truth? Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios present "Adequate"?
May 22, 2013
'Seduced and Abandoned' with Alec Baldwin at Cannes
Last year at the Cannes Film Festival, Alec Baldwin and director James Toback ran around for 11 days making a movie about two guys (themselves; it’s a documentary) scrambling to line up financing for a different movie, a sex-soaked tale of a right-wing government operative trysting with a left-wing journalist in a hotel room in Iraq.
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