Philip Brown

Columnist, TMR

Covering Film

Philip Brown
Phil Brown was born years ago. He then grew up, went to university, and now reviews movies, interviews people and writes comedy. He writes for a number of websites and publications including the one you are currently reading. Phil can be found haunting movie theatres around Toronto. He isn't dangerous, but it's probably best to avoid his bad side just in case.

Articles From Philip Brown
Friday Aug 3, 2012 15:00 PM ET
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you really don’t have much to look forward to this week at the movies: Reviews of "Jesse and Celeste Forever," "Total Recall," and "360."
Friday Jul 27, 2012 50:00 PM ET
By summer movie standards, this is a pretty slow week at the box office. The reason is obvious — The Dark Knight Rises just opened last week and is guaranteed to topple this weekend as well: Reviews of Killer Joe, The Watch, and Ruby Sparks.
Thursday Jul 19, 2012 10:00 PM ET
This week in film is predictably and understandably defined by one guy in a rubber suit. Yep, I’m talkin' 'bout Batman: Reviews of "The Dark Knight Rises," "Ice Age: Continental Drift," and "To Rome with Love."
Thursday Jul 5, 2012 25:00 PM ET
It's a slow week at the movies because it's all about a certain web-slinger: Reviews of The Amazing Spider-Man and Savages.
Friday Jun 29, 2012 10:00 PM ET
This week we get a little break from spectacle-driven blockbusters (don’t worry, kids, Spider-man is less than a week away!) in favor of a collection of character-driven movies: Reviews of Ted, People Like Us, and Magic Mike.
Saturday Jun 23, 2012 50:00 AM ET
Reviews of Brave, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Saturday Jun 16, 2012 30:00 PM ET
Reviews of That's My Boy, Rock Of Ages, Safety Not Guaranteed
Saturday Jun 9, 2012 35:00 AM ET
This week brings a pretty eclectic lineup of movies and, even more impressive, they are all worth seeing… as long as you go in with appropriately lowered expectations: Reviews of Prometheus, Madagascar 3, and Dark Horse.
Friday May 25, 2012 35:00 PM ET
Three very different options, but only one qualifies as "good" in my three-tier judgment system. Guess which one that is this week? Reviews of Moonrise Kingdom, Men In Black 3, and Chernobyl Diaries.
Friday May 18, 2012 20:00 PM ET
It’s a particularly bad weekend at the movies this week, folks. Two of the new releases will probably go down easily as the weakest movies of the entire summer: Reviews of The Dictator, Battleship, and What to Expect When You're Expecting.
Saturday May 12, 2012 00:00 PM ET
Movies reviews of God Bless America, Dark Shadows, and The Sound Of My Voice
Friday May 4, 2012 35:00 PM ET
Somehow I think The Avengers is going to beat the competition this weekend: Reviews of The Avengers, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and Headhunters.
Friday Apr 27, 2012 40:00 AM ET
Next week summer blockbuster season officially kicks off with the release of The Avengers, so this weekend is packed with the final glut of spring movies before popcorn n’ explosions take over the multiplex: Reviews of The Pirates! A Band Of Misfits, The Five-Year Engagement, and The Raven.
Friday Apr 20, 2012 55:00 PM ET
The return of an indie voice, and two releases that might make you swear off movies forever: Reviews of Damsels in Distress, The Lucky One, and Chimpanzee.
Friday Apr 13, 2012 50:00 PM ET
All three of this week's major releases offer good, old-fashioned, trashy fun: Reviews of Cabin in the Woods, Lockout, and The Three Stooges.
Thursday Apr 5, 2012 30:00 PM ET
Unfortunately there are no great movies coming out this week that you’ll want to trample old women and children to see: Reviews of Bully, American Reunion, and The Hunter.
Friday Mar 30, 2012 15:00 AM ET
There are no ideal choices here, but it’s just one of those crappy weeks at the movies, folks: Reviews of Goon, Wrath Of The Titans, and Mirror Mirror.
Thursday Mar 22, 2012 00:00 PM ET
It’s another good week at the movies, folks. There’s nothing coming out that should be instantly dismissed: reviews of The Hunger Games, The Raid, and Starry Starry Night.
Friday Mar 16, 2012 15:00 PM ET
Well, folks, I hope you feel like laughing this week because three rock solid comedies will be slipping onto screens: 21 Jump Street, Jeff Who Lives at Home, and Casa de Mi Padre.
Friday Mar 9, 2012 50:00 PM ET
Another week, another batch of movies. This time you can decide between watching a mature romantic comedy, a bland action blockbuster, and an unfunny Eddie Murphy comedy: Reviews of Friends With Kids, John Carter, and A Thousand Words.
Friday Mar 2, 2012 30:00 AM ET
The good people of Los Angeles are determined to make us all giggle right now. They must be trying to cheer up all of those recent Oscar losers: Reviews of Tim And Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, Project X, and The Lorax.
Friday Feb 24, 2012 55:00 PM ET
Not a bad weekend of distracting entertainment to tide you over before admiring all of the pretty dresses and famous faces strutting their stuff on the red carpet this Sunday: Reviews of Wanderlust, Good Deeds, and The Secret World of Arrietty.
Friday Feb 17, 2012 10:00 PM ET
Hope you fine folks out there like Nicolas Cage or the Holocaust, because that’s what you’re going to get this week at the movies: Reviews of In Darkness, This Means War, and Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance.
Saturday Feb 11, 2012 50:00 PM ET
After last week’s unexpected horror extravaganza, this week in film brings us back to the late winter norm of weak releases. Reviews of Rampart, Safe House, and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
Friday Feb 3, 2012 15:00 PM ET
If you’re a fan of wetting your pants out of fear in a theater, it’s cause to rejoice, because this is apparently Horror Film Friday, 2012: Reviews of The Woman In Black, The Innkeepers, Chronicle, and Kill List.
Monday Jan 30, 2012 00:00 AM ET
For fans of traditional horror movies that value suspense, atmosphere, and dread over empty gore and endless jump scares, Ti West is somewhat of a genre saviour. The Morton Report chats with the director of "The House of the Devil" and the new movie "The Innkeepers" (opening on Friday).
Friday Jan 27, 2012 00:00 PM ET
As far as this week's new releases go, we’re stuck with the crap that Hollywood was too embarrassed to put out at any other time of the year. Reviews of The Grey, One for the Money, and Man on a Ledge.
Saturday Jan 21, 2012 55:00 AM ET
If you want to see a new release this weekend, you’d better like guns, fistfights, and explosions because that’s all you're going to get: reviews of Haywire, Red Tails, and Underworld Awakening.
Friday Jan 13, 2012 30:00 AM ET
Hope you guys all like violence and pessimism, because that’s what you’ll be getting in theaters this week: reviews of We Need to Talk About Kevin, Contraband, and The Divide.
Friday Jan 6, 2012 05:00 PM ET
Now that the Christmas Oscar-bait season has passed, movie-goers settle in for the winter. Reviews of A Separation, The Devil Inside, and The Iron Lady will help you plan your weekend.
Thursday Dec 22, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Christmas Day is the busiest day of the year at movie theaters. Here are reviews of what's available for your holiday entertainment: The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, War Horse, The Adventures of Tintin.
Friday Dec 16, 2011 45:00 PM ET
Movie reviews of Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, Alvin And The Chipmunks 3, and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. What will you be heading out to see this weekend?
Friday Dec 9, 2011 50:00 PM ET
Reviews of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (with an excellent Gary Oldman), New Year's Eve (with a cast of thousands who can't save it from doom), and The Sitter (with Jonah Hill).
Thursday Dec 8, 2011 30:00 PM ET
As a writer/director, Cedric Klapisch's work typically walks a line between melancholy and comedy, finding that delicate balance between humor and tragedy where most life experiences can be found.
Friday Dec 2, 2011 40:00 PM ET
Reviews of Steve McQueen's "Shame," starring Michael Fassbender, and "Sleeping Beauty," from newcomer Julia Leigh.
Wednesday Nov 23, 2011 30:00 PM ET
Reviews of Hugo, Arthur Christmas, and The Muppets. What are you seeing this holiday weekend?
Friday Nov 18, 2011 30:00 PM ET
Reviews of The Descendants, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, and Tyrannosaur.
Friday Nov 11, 2011 20:00 PM ET
Reviews of Melancholia, Jack And Jill, and J. Edgar...
Friday Nov 4, 2011 15:00 PM ET
Reviews of A Very Harold And Kumar Christmas, Tower Heist, and Killing Bono.
Wednesday Nov 2, 2011 30:00 PM ET
Actor and series co-creator Glenn Howerton spills the beans about the conception, style, and future of "It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia" in this exclusive interview.
Friday Oct 28, 2011 10:00 AM ET
Reviews of this week's new releases: In Time, Anonymous, and The Rum Diary, all flawed, but each worth seeing with caveats.
Thursday Oct 27, 2011 50:00 PM ET
Plus Martin Scorsese picks a new thriller and Dumb & Dumber 2 is coming...
Wednesday Oct 26, 2011 20:00 PM ET
Plus Stephen King's The Dark Tower is headed to HBO and Steven Spielberg spills some beans about Jurassic Park 4 and Indiana Jones 5.
Tuesday Oct 25, 2011 05:00 PM ET
Plus Aaron Sorkin to write Sony's Steve Jobs biopic and Netflix loses almost one million subscribers.
Monday Oct 24, 2011 50:00 PM ET
Plus Joseph Gordon-Levitt in talks to work with Quentin Tarantino and see the trailer for The Phantom Menace 3D (finally!)...
Friday Oct 21, 2011 15:00 PM ET
Plus an Oscar-winning filmmaker makes an Uncharted 3 short and The Punisher is coming to television.
Friday Oct 21, 2011 30:00 PM ET
Reviews of The Skin I Live In, The Three Musketeers, and Paranormal Activity 3
Thursday Oct 20, 2011 00:00 PM ET
Plus the Bad Teacher team is getting the band back together and a hilarious R-rated trailer for A Very Harold And Kumar Christmas...
Wednesday Oct 19, 2011 20:00 AM ET
James Cameron isn't staying silent about his Avatar sequel, plus Brad Pitt might star in a Cannonball Run remake and Mickey Rourke ditches The Expendables franchise...
Tuesday Oct 18, 2011 35:00 PM ET
Plus Johnny Knoxville joins Schwarzenegger's latest and Shia LaBeouf to play a giant for some reason.

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