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Demolition   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Michael Phillips
I may be alone in feeling this way. But there's something in the pop-eyed, sleepy-voiced, different-drummer vibe emanating from Jake Gyllenhaal that makes him seem at odds with conventional members of the human race. more
Everybody Wants Some!!
Everybody Wants Some!!   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Michael Phillips
A minor pleasure from a deceptively major American filmmaker, Richard Linklater's "Everybody Wants Some!!" owes its title to a Van Halen song and its porn-star mustaches and ever-so-slightly-exaggerated clothes to its time and locale: three hot August days prior to the start of the 1980-81 school year at fictional Southeast Texas University. more
Miles Ahead
Miles Ahead   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Michael Phillips
With musical biopics, so often the most crucial element -- the music -- becomes a solo act, accompanied by little-to-nothing in the way of strong visual corollaries to that music. You get the outline of a tormented genius' life, and a misguided, reverential sense of respect, but no cinema; no life in that life. more
The Huntsman: Winter's War
The Huntsman: Winter's War   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Katie Walsh
How do you solve a problem like Kristen (Stewart)? If you're the filmmakers of "The Huntsman: Winter's War," you write Snow White entirely out of the sequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman." The film's clearly a valuable property, so it's no wonder that Universal would return to that well with a sequel, this time directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, the visual effects supervisor on the first film. But the script acrobatics result in a bizarre prequel/sequel mash up where Snow White doesn't show up in her own fairy tale. more
Barbershop: The Next Cut
Barbershop: The Next Cut   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Katie Walsh
Arriving 14 years after the original "Barbershop," and 12 after "Barbershop 2: Back in Business," "Barbershop: The Next Cut" is saddled with the task of taking a familiar property and bringing it up to date. In the hands of writers Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, and director Malcom D. Lee, the strategy is to get political, with the issue of shootings and gang violence in Chicago as the galvanizing force around which the barbershop rallies. Leaving aside the humorous cultural escapism of the early aughts, "The Next Cut" faces the racial and political issues of 2016 head on. more
Criminal   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Katie Walsh
The opening of "Criminal" might make you think you're in for a Jason Bourne movie starring Ryan Reynolds. Nope. What you're in for is a delightfully cheesy '90s-style action movie starring Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman, with Costner doing a Liam Neeson-style tough guy career reinvention. It's quite the bait and switch. more
The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Michael Phillips
Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire" said it first, and best: "I don't want realism. I want magic!" Maybe it's the Blanche in me who prefers magic to realism in certain types of fairy tales, but I have a hard time loving any movie dominated by ultra-crisp photorealistic animation designed to look real, not animated. That sort of realism often looks and feel misguided, slightly clinical. And it's a substantial caveat when it comes to Disney's new live-(ish) action version of "The Jungle Book." more
I Saw the Light
I Saw the Light   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Michael Phillips
If a prosaic movie can be redeemed, partially, by an excellent performance, then "I Saw the Light" and Tom Hiddleston's Hank Williams serve as point A and point B, respectively. more
Midnight Special
Midnight Special   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Michael Phillips
"Midnight Special" puts its potential audience at a crossroads. You say you want a genuinely unpredictable film combining more genres than can be accurately charted, acted with force and grace throughout? You want an antidote to "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"? Then take the road less traveled. more
The Boss
The Boss   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Michael Phillips
With her hit TV series "Mike & Molly" ending in May, Melissa McCarthy finds herself exactly where any skillful, versatile, ambitious comic superstar strives to be in a parallel movie career: Her films don't have to be good to find an audience. more
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