Michael Phillips: Why Go to the Movies?

April 25, 2013

(Elmhurst College/file)

In an age when any blockbuster or indie film can be summoned up to your computer, TV or smart phone, are we witnessing the end of a favorite American pastime—going to the movies? On Thursday, April 25, Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips explored film-industry trends, the impact of technology, and what it all means for Hollywood and the rest of us.

In addition to his work at the Tribune, Phillips was co-host of the long-running, nationally syndicated TV show "At the Movies" in its final season, after filling in for host Roger Ebert off and on since 2006. Phillips also covers movies for CLTV and can be heard most Fridays on WGN-AM. He guest-hosted the popular Filmspotting podcast (broadcast on WBEZ-91.5 FM), and has been a guest on a variety of programs including "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," “Entourage," "The View," "Charlie Rose," BBC radio, MSNBC and Chicago's ABC-TV Channel 7.

Recorded live on April 25, 2013 at Elmhurst College.