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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
3.5/4 93% American Hustle (2013) Are we being played? Oh, yeah. Just because the time and place of a film takes place within personal experience doesn't mean it's not a historical epic. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jan 3, 2014
2/4 78% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Corporatist propaganda of the highest order, as the Disney juggernaut congratulates itself on the half-century anniversary of "Mary Poppins." ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 22, 2013
4/4 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Yes, there was a time when folk music was cool - the artists considered themselves direct conduits to the roiling, engaging psychology of the nation. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 22, 2013
3/4 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) There are a dozen dwarves, and they all have names that sound like power tools, and their motivation ... well, let's just call them the Ferengi of Middle Earth. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 14, 2013
1/4 39% Delivery Man (2013) A high-concept situation, and potentially a complex, fascinating study of how family and children shape a life for both good and ill. His life has become a Benetton ad. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Nov 23, 2013
3.5/4 93% This Is Martin Bonner (2013) A lovely film makes use of fundamental Christian belief, and of lonely men in their autumn years, and of second chances forced upon us, subjects not generally celebrated in Hollywood. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 13, 2013
3/4 93% Captain Phillips (2013) Of course, it's a true story, at least the kind of true story that Hollywood wishes it could have made up. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 12, 2013
1/4 No Score Yet Pig Death Machine (2013) Everything here is undercut by deliberate anti-gloss, as if the laws of coherence are too plebeian for the self-imagined lofty artiness of the filmmakers. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 12, 2013
3.5/4 89% Rush (2013) Howard pulls off a dramatic switcheroo in "Rush." He presents characters in competition, one a golden god, the other a repellent Ratso - and by the end, we root for Ratso. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Sep 27, 2013
2.5/4 72% Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour (2008) Miley might not become another Britney, if she keeps away from those way-cute Jonas boys. They look like trouble. I think they've actually experienced hormones. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/4 98% Blackfish (2013) In many ways, "Blackfish" is a horror film in which we discover that we have met the monster, and the monster is us. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Aug 23, 2013
3 25% Planes (2013) Visually, "Planes" aircraft characters owe a huge debt to cartoonist Hank Caruso, who's been doing this stuff for decades ... As a movie, "Planes" is pretty meh. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Aug 22, 2013
1/4 25% Pearl Harbor (2001) There's a certain symbolic symmetry here. The Navy and Walt Disney have teamed up on the production, and both view history as something to be managed and exploited. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 20, 2012
3/4 57% Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) Prior to "Tora!" movies showing the attack were jingoistic propaganda; afterwards, the attack was an excuse to indulge in Hollywood's fascination with American self-loathing. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 20, 2012
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Land Of Eb (2012) A rare, extraordinary film that celebrates the dignity of hard work, as well as the tenuous connections of cultural legacy in a fragmented community. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 19, 2012
3/4 67% The Road (2012) ... Enough rattling thrills for the date-night crowd, and enough story and character for older film buffs to chew on. The ride home afterwards might require your high beams. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 11, 2012
2/4 95% Marley (2012) The film never shows us Marley in a complete performance. It's hard to understand the magic of a man whose most awesome moments are reduced to edited snippets. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Apr 20, 2012
4/4 88% Titanic (1997) It is, simply, a great film, a throwback to classic filmmaking, and more than that, an experience with unusual resonance to the world of today. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Apr 12, 2012
2/4 No Score Yet Dancing Queen (2012) Rom-com fantasy that dips precariously into real feeling late in the reels, and because leads Hwang Jung-Min and Um Jung-Hwa have real talent for empathy, we're carried along. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 30, 2012
1/4 21% October Baby (2012) Heavily vested in its peculiarly glossy agitprop that, like Saint Sebastian, it invites the arrows of kneejerk derision. Too bad, as the film has really lovely performances. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 22, 2012
3.5/4 51% John Carter (2012) Great fun as we endure scrape after scrape in this wild, near-hallucinatory landscape, and director Stanton finds the right balance of cheerful solemnity and cheeky humor. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 12, 2012
1.5/4 64% Tomorrow, When the War Began (2012) "Tomorrow" is less realistic than "Red Dawn," if you can wrap your head around that without making it pop off. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 23, 2012
2/4 43% Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) Hey, it moves right along. It rockets on a certain goofy bliss. Never mind the filmmakers have clearly never read the original Verne/Stevenson/Swift books beyond cover blurbs ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 9, 2012
2/4 No Score Yet All's Well Ends Well 2012 (2012) Nothing subtle about the production, which operates as a Cantonese Three Stooges on a neon-colored bender. Which means you often laugh out loud, and then wonder why you did. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 6, 2012
3/4 No Score Yet Big in Bollywood (2011) A funny, insightful meditation on the trappings of fame, and the key word there is "trap." Also helps explain the foreign excitement of Bollywood to American audiences. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jan 26, 2012
3/4 41% Red Tails (2012) A canny homage to a certain genre of film, the aerial adventure story, a type that was popular when airplanes were considered marvelous machines and not merely flying buses. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jan 25, 2012
2/4 56% The Viral Factor (2012) A monster rush of muscular action sequences, tepidly glued together with rapidly evaporating logic. Secret agent Man's brain turns to mush, and it spreads to the audience. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jan 24, 2012
2.5/4 42% The Flowers of War (2011) What we have here is a movie that believes it is a massive and glorious heroic epic, when it's really a backlot melodrama. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jan 19, 2012
3/4 100% Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) This is defiantly old-fashioned, high-value entertainment with a glamorous, talented cast. You used to see this sort of thing all the time from Hollywood. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jan 12, 2012
3/4 76% War Horse (2011) A tearjerker finale suggests that Joey has the power of restoring sight to the blind. Oh, the noble creatures that make us see ourselves as we really are! ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 28, 2011
2/4 No Score Yet Living In Seduced Circumstances (2011) OK, it's a low-budget Misery. It's made with technical panache and an interesting palette, however, and the actors are up to the challenge. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 21, 2011
1/4 33% Arirang (2011) Arirang is insufferable, and it's approaching torture to sit through it. Although we do wish Ki-Duk would climb out of his hole and get on with his life. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 21, 2011
3/4 85% The Forgiveness of Blood (2012) We start out hoping that new freedoms will start to cancel out age-old blood feuds, and wind up simply wishing that a cease-fire can be maintained. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 21, 2011
2/4 50% The Journals Of Musan (2011) A journey through a world of moral and ethical conundrums makes a sobering couple of hours, and also a lively discussion afterwards for amateur Christian theologians. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 21, 2011
2.5/4 92% Senna (2011) While this documentary is unreeling, we're definitely along for the ride. But there's no aftertaste, except for that of burnt metal. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Nov 25, 2011
3/4 100% Semper Fi: Always Faithful (2011) Semper Fi: Always Faithful carefully follows the conduct of this case, which is largely unknown by the general public. It is superbly constructed without being preachy. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Nov 25, 2011
2/4 No Score Yet With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010) A hagiographic valentine constructed by overly excited fanboys. Lee's imprint on popular culture deserves better and deeper than this. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Nov 25, 2011
3.5/4 89% The Descendants (2011) A large patch of the movie's social contract are the Hawaiian notions of 'aina, malama and pono. It joins the short list we aren't embarrassed to screen for malahini. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Nov 25, 2011
3/4 80% Littlerock (2011) A neatly plotted, observational film about being on the outside looking in, and on the inside looking out. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Nov 11, 2011
3.5/4 81% Red Dog (2011) Miners are telling Red Dog stories, and so it's essentially a series of personal flashbacks that grow larger with the retelling, exactly the way mythology gets kickstarted. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 28, 2011
2/4 75% Leave it on the Floor (2013) Clearly not aimed at a mass audience, who, even if they're open to gay issues, may be turned off by on-the-cheap production values and self-conscious "acting" by principals. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 28, 2011
2/4 No Score Yet She rides motorcycles, handles gigantic drills, punches out monsters and gets just the right amount of grime and sweat rubbed into her tightly stretched tanktop. Yeah, baby. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 28, 2011
2/4 No Score Yet Sector 7 (2011) Eventually the creature is vanquished by the last person standing. If this sounds like every monster movie cliche ever invented, "Sector 7" manages to drag in them all. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 28, 2011
3/4 84% Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2011) Beginning psychologists take note - hillbillies and college kids may kill each other, but the greatest assets in maintaining the peace, on both sides, are hot coeds. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 27, 2011
2/4 8% 1911 (2011) Students of revolutionary Chinese history can have fun checking them off. Look, there's Li Yuanhong! And over there, Feng Guozhang! ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 7, 2011
1.5/4 No Score Yet The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (Yip Man chinchyun) (2010) There is nothing in this bubbling soap opera of a plot that can't be solved with drawn-out fight scenes. And so they jump and kick, poke, slap and twirl for half the film. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 6, 2011
1/4 No Score Yet Quick (2011) It's heartening to discover that the Koreans can make stunt movies as dim-witted and as attention-deficited as Hollywood. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Sep 16, 2011
3/4 99% The Interrupters (2011) If this were a fiction movie out of Hollywood, we'd be hooting at the preposterousness of it all. I mean, really. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Sep 13, 2011
3/4 84% Contagion (2011) It proves the creepiest movies are also the quietest. Although "Contagion" is a horror movie, it's also a response about a viral apocalypse. The end arrives with tiny coughs ... ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Sep 9, 2011
2.5/4 74% Shaolin (2011) This is not a subtle film, and certainly not a great one, but it's made with bubbling brio and it's spectacular to look at. It's action filmmaking of the highest order. ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Sep 8, 2011