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Michael Burgin

Michael Burgin
Michael Burgin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Paste Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
8.5/10 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Civil War maintains the same balance of action and significant (if brief) character development/interaction that made Winter Soldier so enjoyable. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 6, 2016
8.3/10 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Finally, I'm able to watch a new chapter of the Star Wars saga and actually look forward to the next film. And man, that's nice. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2015
6.8/10 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) Critically speaking, the only relevant questions would seem to be whether the film suddenly veers from the path that was laid out (and has thus far yielded a billion+ in box office) at the beginning. Mockingjay - Part 2 does not. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2015
7.1/10 81% Ant-Man (2015) The combination of a charismatic lead, a solid supporting cast, and the debut and dramatization of a new (to moviegoers) superpower (or two) has proved a winning formula for Marvel Studios for the last, oh, 10 or so films now, and it's no different here. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2015
5.9/10 72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) The only thing amazing about Marc Webb's reboot is how quickly a Hollywood studio can forget the lessons its own films have taught it. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2015
8.9/10 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) [It's] the first of the MCU properties that didn't feature a major Marvel character. Surprise, surprise, when you make the most enjoyable space opera romp since The Fifth Element, name recognition just doesn't matter. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2014
4.6/10 52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) A badly scripted jumble of subplots whose jostling for screen time only serves to obscure the character who is supposed to be center stage. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 8, 2014
8.6/10 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Yes, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a great action movie -- an immensely enjoyable spy-thriller-flavored film with Bond-worthy flair (and orchestral flourishes). But first and foremost, it's also a great Captain America film. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 10, 2014
6/10 30% The Monuments Men (2014) The Monuments Men is one of those films that disappoints despite the best intentions and efforts. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2014
4.6/10 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) The result is the indulgent treatment of an overindulgent character that feels more Penthouse Forum fantasy than morality tale. Perhaps that's precisely the point. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 26, 2013
8.4/10 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) With Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, McKay, Ferrell and company make a compelling case for the sequel that takes its time. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2013
7.8/10 66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) It's outlandish, occasionally silly and surprisingly fun. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2013
7.2/10 60% Ender's Game (2013) [Hood's] Ender's Game captures much of the plot, and misses much of the magic, of its source material, substituting a fairly robust level of spectacle and Grade A acting for the more complete, character-driven immersion of the source material. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2013
6.9/10 67% Elysium (2013) Blomkamp knows how to blow apart a body. Thankfully, he also knows how to engage in compelling speculative-world-building. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 9, 2013
8.2/10 71% Pacific Rim (2013) A movie that both distills and perfects the tradition from which it's drawn. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 19, 2013
7.6/10 73% Despicable Me 2 (2013) If the first film was in some ways a re-imagining of Seuss, with a grinchy Gru's heart growing from two sizes too small to one too large, Despicable Me 2 continues his rehabilitation from complete societal outlier to minion-infested community fixture. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2013
8.2/10 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) In setting and tone, Much Ado manages to smoothly present a contemporary vision of the play's original setting of wealth and ease -- this is how the better, effortlessly hipper, half lives. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2013
8.5/10 83% This Is the End (2013) This Is the End, in addition to being the funniest film of the year, is also the best buddies-versus-the-apocalypse film since Simon Pegg and Nick Frost battled zombie hordes to make it back to the Winchester in 2004's Shaun of the Dead. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2013
5.5/10 67% World War Z (2013) The appropriation of Brooks' name and source material seems more like an attempt to manufacture buzz and fan base attendance (subsequent disappointment and rage be damned) through the most shallow, cynical means possible. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2013
5.8/10 55% Man of Steel (2013) For those looking for a Superman tale well-told, or signs that the DC Comics universe may finally be ready to give Marvel a run for its money in the multiplexes -- there's nothing to see here. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 13, 2013
8.2/10 86% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) For Trekkies, Abrams' film is part two of an extended, mostly pleasurable exercise in alternate reality resonance -- it's like film fan fiction, minus the slash-fic component. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 17, 2013
8/10 79% Iron Man 3 (2013) Though Iron Man 3 is a better constructed film than its predecessor, ultimately it succeeds for the same reason the first two films did -- Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 3, 2013
7.7/10 53% Oblivion (2013) Even if Oblivion comes up short of being the insta-classic sci-fi masterpiece it so clearly aspires to be, it doesn't miss by much. It may not "wow" a generation -- but it will certainly entertain many of them. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2013
7.2/10 61% Evil Dead (2013) For those unfamiliar with the original films, this latest Evil Dead serves well enough as a neatly packaged, delightfully repulsive gore fest. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 5, 2013
7.5/10 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Much in the same manner that Raimi's first two Spider-Man movies successfully channeled the vigor and élan of the original comics even while presenting them for modern tastes to devour, his Oz is replete with the spirit and vision of the original film. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2013
8.7/10 93% Looper (2012) [Looper] may be the best sci-fi thriller to hit the theaters since 1995's Twelve Monkeys. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2013
7.9/10 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Much as with LotR, the casting is a strength. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2012
8.4/10 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) With leads as winning as Cooper and Lawrence, and Russell's signature mix of clever and sincere dialogue, the hook is set. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 21, 2012
7.1/10 30% Total Recall (2012) While Wiseman's latest sports its fair share of implausibilities in science, plotting and characterization, this update isn't meant so much to be taken seriously as it is to be taken in and enjoyed. In that sense, Total Recall is memorable enough. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 10, 2012
8.2/10 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) The Dark Knight Rises joins the long list of finales that don't measure up to what's gone immediately before. But that doesn't mean it'll be any easier of an act to follow. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 20, 2012
8/10 78% Brave (2012) Above all else, Brave is a film about mothers and daughters, and this is one of its strengths. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2012
9.2/10 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) While Whedon smartly recognizes how key Downey Jr.'s Stark is to the story, he also allows most all of his cast, heroes and villain, ample opportunities to shine, both in dialogue and action. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 8, 2012
8.3/10 85% 21 Jump Street (2012) Against all odds, 21 Jump Street is an immensely enjoyable, frequently hilarious film. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 15, 2012