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Burl Burlingame

Burl Burlingame
Burl Burlingame's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 55% Pali Road (2016) We get the Chinese exports that are huge blockbusters, but there's clearly a market for a slight, romantic mystery that in the United States would air on the Lifetime channel. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Apr 29, 2016
2/4 30% Criminal (2016) Seems part of his brain is missing, waiting to be filled. They might as well named his character Tabula Rasa. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3.5/4 95% The Jungle Book (2016) The point where it breaks loose is when the movie shifts mood and tone in order to reprise the cheesy pop songs from the 1967 animated film. Way to renew copyright, Disney! ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Apr 13, 2016
3/4 50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) What "13 Hours" does brilliantly is recreate the absolute chaos and stifling options of urban warfare in the third world, the best film to do so since "Black Hawk Down." ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jan 22, 2016
1/4 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) This tale, which should be expansive and grand, is hijacked by the demands of the 3D process, making it small and crowded, myopically claustrophobic and deeply murky. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 11, 2015
2/4 76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) While I can certainly marvel at the realistic computerized water in a movie, I don't go to the movies to marvel at computerized water. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Nov 30, 2015
3.5/4 45% The 33 (2015) One of the great things about "The 33" is the too-rare portrayal of South Americans as decent, hard-working people with loving families. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Nov 13, 2015
2.5/4 65% Spectre (2015) It ends with a button capper that is so musty and old-Bond that the audience simultaneously groaned and squealed with delight. Which pretty much sums up all Bond movies. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Nov 10, 2015
1.5/4 35% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) Joaquin de Almeida has a roiling core of self-loathing that's both amusing and terrifying - one we've seen too often, not in the theater, but at the ballot box. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Nov 2, 2015
2/4 16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) Does it work? Yes, mostly because of Diesel and Leslie, who clearly love this kind of loony fun. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 26, 2015
3.5/4 62% The Intern (2015) Skates almost entirely on the luminous strength of its two stars. DeNiro and Hathaway have an evident chemistry ... if a man had written the film, they'd wind up in the sack! ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Sep 26, 2015
3/4 74% Black Mass (2015) Johnny Depp has certainly played a number of odd characters over the year, but this is the first time in memory he's played a monster. And what a monster. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Sep 24, 2015
1/4 40% We Are Your Friends (2015) There is a howling deadness at the heart of "Friends" however; it lies in the charisma-challenged relationship of Zac Efron's Young DJ and Emily Ratajkowski's Hot Girlfriend. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Aug 29, 2015
3/4 43% American Ultra (2015) The inescapable conclusion is that this is essentially a Disney princess movie for tween girls, but made for adolescent boys with runaway testosterone. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Aug 24, 2015
2/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "U.N.C.L.E." must have seemed tailor-made for Ritchie's peculiar talents. (I think I'm going to be using the word "peculiar" a lot when describing this film.) ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Aug 14, 2015
2.5/4 81% Ant-Man (2015) Just in time, the first time Ant-Man shrinks down to ant size, it's such a wonder of marvelous CGI magic that everyone in the theater wakes up like an alarm has gone off. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jul 18, 2015
1/4 16% The Gallows (2015) Praising "The Gallows" is rather like pointing out how wonderful the frosting decorations are on a turd. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jul 10, 2015
1.5/4 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) The harsh reality of mortality interferes with the budding, golden lives of young people. Not just those who die, but those who have to experience the bummerness of it all. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jul 6, 2015
2/4 48% San Andreas (2015) Maybe if Giamatti and Johnson had switched roles, we'd have had a full course instead of eye candy for disaster buffs. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 29, 2015
2/4 19% Aloha (2015) I've lost count of how many times Alec Baldwin enters a movie just at the point it desperately needs a comic lift. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 29, 2015
4/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) You can't escape the impression this was originally written as an animated film, mostly because things occasionally go all Wile E. Coyote on us. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 25, 2015
3/4 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) The cast, OMG. There are more people crowded in here - either in major roles or in brilliant cameos (Andy Serkis, I'm looking at you) - than are at Walgreens' on prom night. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 1, 2015
3/4 55% The Age of Adaline (2015) An elegant, reflective piece of work that may not appeal to everybody - but if you're out on your first movie date, it may be just the thing to get you to first base. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Apr 26, 2015
3.5/4 28% Insurgent (2015) After the tepid snore that was the last "Hunger Games" installment, "Insurgent" is muscular, brisk and imaginative - albeit on an emotive teenage level. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 23, 2015
1/4 83% Cinderella (2015) Most fairy tales on film contain either enough wit or verve or spectacle to engage an entire audience, but there is nothing here to engage the adult viewer. Nothing. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 15, 2015
.5/4 14% The Lazarus Effect (2015) Lovely Olivia Wilde gets so many extreme close-ups that you feel like her dermatologist. She winds up looking like those outer-space pictures of dead moons. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 28, 2015
1/4 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) A ridiculous, bloated, stumbling Baron Harkonnen of a movie; depressing, dull and flatulent with wasted angst. It don't got no bounce. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Nov 23, 2014
3/4 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) When the full force of the disease hits, Hawking is reduced to a twist-tie of a human being, sentenced to a life of gigantic thoughts and pathetic movements. He's pretzelled. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Nov 21, 2014
3.5/4 77% Fury (2014) Charmingly old-school FDR-Democrat foxhole-buddy Americana: Citizens from all walks of life facing a common enemy and working together - a touchingly old-fashioned notion.) ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 17, 2014
1.5/4 60% The Equalizer (2014) A cheerful gut-punch slice of vigilante porn, and such a mortifying waste of talent that audiences gradually sink into a slough of despair over the state of cinema art. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Sep 26, 2014
2/4 34% The November Man (2014) Paranoid anomie was just the thing in a post-Watergate world back in the '70s, and movies then reflected it. That makes this delightfully, unapologetically old-fashioned. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2.5/4 21% Into The Storm (2014) Pretty much a "Twister" reboot, full of CGI sturm und drang (probably the only time that phrase is actually appropriate) albeit simultaneously more serious and less impactful. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Aug 9, 2014
0/4 13% Cannonball Run II (1984) The movie is a genuine cultural artifact, a relic given to us by a band of entertainers from long ago, who live in self-imposed exile in the dusty, neon hellhole of Las Vegas. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jul 26, 2014
1.5/4 19% And So It Goes (2014) How you react to "And So It Goes" depends entirely on your appreciation of Diane Keaton. The movie is so Keaton-centric it might as well have been titled "La Di Da, La Di Da." ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 44% Wish I Was Here (2014) Zach Braff's sophomore feature, is either wildly self-indulgent or genuine and heartfelt, and certainly both, and that's okay. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jul 19, 2014
3/4 17% Sex Tape (2014) Segal and Diaz deserve combat pay for some of the naked stuff they go through. (No, you're not going to see full frontal, or pubal or boobal. Plenty of backal however.) ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jul 19, 2014
4/4 100% Ilo Ilo (2014) This quiet little domestic drama from Singapore reminds us films can achieve near-impossible heights and depths of intimacy and empathy. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jun 28, 2014
3/4 50% Maleficent (2014) It's interesting that Angelina Jolie can undergo four hours of professional Hollywood special effects makeup and wind up looking just like Grace Jones. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/4 72% The Hornet's Nest (2014) It's worth pointing out that two dozen journalists have been killed in the line of duty on Afghanistan's front lines, bringing the war back home. And they can't shoot back. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 24, 2014
2/4 63% Million Dollar Arm (2014) All the potential edges have been sanded off. And so, a quite remarkable true story, no matter how truthfully told, feels like a formulaic fable. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 16, 2014
2/4 74% Godzilla (2014) The American nightmare that provides context and weight is the 9/11 attack, and the long shadow of that horror has permeated American films since. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Looking back, it's apparent that the only two creations of cultural mythology created in the 1960s that matter are "Star Trek" and "Spider-Man." ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 3, 2014
3.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) The movie has many quiet, insightful moments that lend gravity to the situation, as well as some clever fish-out-of-water character definition. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 31, 2014
1.5/4 66% Bad Words (2014) It's just too damn amiable to be outrageous, and if it ain't outrageous, it's a swing-and-a-miss at the premise. Not good when playing in Pee Wee League. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 31, 2014
1/4 23% Need For Speed (2014) "Need For Speed" is actually based on a best-selling video game, and it certainly has video-game tropes throughout. Video-game players may feel their thumbs reacting unconsciously. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 14, 2014
1/4 43% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) It's a testosterone-dripping fantasy about blood lust, baby. The characters are based on real people and real events. The mode of storytelling is pure mythology. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 7, 2014
1/4 No Score Yet Beyond Paradise (1998) Anyone who remembers kill-haole day in school will identify with "Beyond Paradise." But there aren't many for whom kill-haole day was the defining moment in their lives. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/4 28% 3 Days To Kill (2014) An impossibly sexy operative shows up from the Agency - maybe it's a modeling agency? - and Fausts him a bargain: Kill some bad guys and she'll give him some magic beans ... ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 27, 2014
4/4 49% RoboCop (2014) "RoboCop" was released more than a quarter-century ago. Two sobering things about this juicy remake are how little has changed since then - and how much of it has come true. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3/4 30% The Monuments Men (2014) In order to sell the film to disinterested modern audiences, Clooney adopts a wisecracking, ironic tone that is surface-level entertaining. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 10, 2014