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Sean Burns

Sean Burns
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% Silence (2017) A stark distillation of the themes Scorsese has been wrestling with on movie screens for over 40 years. ‐ The ARTery
Posted Jan 4, 2017
31% Passengers (2016) The last what-the-&#$%-were-they-thinking debacle to be released in a year that's been lousy with them. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Dec 21, 2016
78% Patriots Day (2017) Everyone involved in this movie should be ashamed of themselves. ‐ New England Movies Weekly
Posted Dec 19, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) This year's The Artist. So basically it's a superhero movie for middlebrows. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Dec 18, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) It's a giant universe out there, but in these movies it just keeps getting smaller. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Dec 17, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) A Slaughterhouse-Five adaptation starring the former First Lady. I'm pretty sure most people are going to hate it. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Dec 9, 2016
100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) The film has a stillness that lingers with you, as does Huppert's acceptance and grace. ‐ The ARTery
Posted Dec 9, 2016
88% Elle (2016) Elle is an unholy mingling of rape-revenge fantasies with a fusty French bedroom farce. I've never seen anything quite like it. ‐ The ARTery
Posted Dec 9, 2016
88% Lion (2016) This frustrating film begins with artful evocations of Dickensian squalor and turns into a movie about a guy staring at a laptop. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Nov 28, 2016
54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Maybe I'm just not in the mood to laugh at the lovable eccentricities of an unstable, narcissistic billionaire right now. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Nov 26, 2016
61% Allied (2016) A fascinating hybrid of bleeding-edge technology and old-fashioned flair. Allied's innovations point to the future of cinema, but its pleasures are in the fundamentals. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Nov 25, 2016
72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) An admirable effort by all involved, Nocturnal Animals ends up being one of those films that's more fun to talk about afterwards than it is to actually watch. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Nov 23, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Manchester by the Sea would probably be hailed as one of the year's best comedies if everybody in the audience didn't spend half of it sobbing. ‐ The ARTery
Posted Nov 22, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) Arrival makes an impassioned plea for the necessity of global cooperation while quite hilariously never straying from the perspective of its two white, American movie stars. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Nov 17, 2016
43% Dog Eat Dog (2016) The movie is two guys doing whatever the f--k they want for an hour and a half, with results that range from exhilarating to exasperating, but mostly the former as far as I'm concerned. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Nov 14, 2016
90% Certain Women (2016) This staggeringly talented writer-director's sixth feature is perhaps the purest distillation of Reichardt's sensibility and may be her best film yet. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Nov 13, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) A beat-for-beat remake of the first Iron Man movie crossed with a Windows 95 screensaver. Doesn't this stuff ever get stale to you people? ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Nov 8, 2016
75% The Hateful Eight (2015) The movie isn't one of Tarantino's fantasties correcting historical atrocities, it's about American history *as* an atrocity. The declaration of an angry political consciousness from an artist I never imagined having one. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Nov 7, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) A work of extraordinary empathy about the kind of character we seldom meet at the cinema. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Nov 6, 2016
94% Gimme Danger (2016) There are worse ways to spend two hours than in the streetwalking cheetah with a heart full of napalm's laundry room. ‐ The ARTery
Posted Nov 4, 2016
100% Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (2016) This year's most unexpected joy. I've watched it three times now and I don't even particularly like Justin Timberlake's music. ‐ The ARTery
Posted Nov 4, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Only Mad Mel could make a film about the virtues of pacifism that's also the most insanely violent thing I've seen in the ten years since he last directed a movie. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Nov 4, 2016
79% American Honey (2016) Straddled uncomfortably between the mythic and the particular until what started out as exhilarating becomes exhausting, it's a road movie that winds up driving in circles. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Nov 3, 2016
37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) A shoddy, cheap-looking affair. This thing could pass for a sweeps-week episode of NCIS. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Oct 21, 2016
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) It's impossible not to resent the puniness of this picture's concerns, ignoring the historic environmental catastrophe in favor of fictionalized feats of derring-do by an underwear-model-turned-hamburger-franchise-mogul. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Oct 3, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Awash in chintzy CGI, the film has a sickly avocado sheen to it, as if it was color-corrected in post-production to look like a can of Bud Lime. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Sep 26, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) The great, punk rock gag is that Stone somehow managed to make a straightforward Hollywood hagiography about a fugitive hiding out in Russia who a portion of the population considers a traitor. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Sep 23, 2016
85% Sully (2016) In many ways Sully is the Clint Eastwood-iest movie Clint Eastwood has ever made. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Sep 18, 2016
20% Yoga Hosers (2016) It's a noisy, grating movie that repeats itself incessantly, as if stalling for time. ‐ Metro
Posted Aug 30, 2016
86% Pete's Dragon (2016) Folksy, sincere and altogether lovely. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Aug 27, 2016
78% The Shallows (2016) In a summer when even a silly haunted house flick like The Conjuring 2 gets blown out to over two-hours, this lean, mean little scare machine is an unpretentious treat. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Aug 27, 2016
64% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) Portman makes bold visual choices and sticks to a personal, if at times trying, aesthetic strategy. She's a real filmmaker. ‐ The ARTery
Posted Aug 26, 2016
97% Point Blank (1967) A dazzling concerto of colors and syncopated sounds in which a bad man briefly returns to the living, and then disappears back into darkness. ‐ The ARTery
Posted Aug 20, 2016
90% Get Carter (1971) A film of exceptional viciousness and mordant humor, which single-handedly blew the bloody doors off British crime films of the era. ‐ The ARTery
Posted Aug 20, 2016
50% Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) These adolescent power fantasies have grown toxic, and their treatment of women reveals a pathological, deep-seated fear and loathing on the part of fans and creators. ‐ New England Movies Weekly
Posted Aug 20, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) Such an enormous amount of screen time is devoted to him sullenly trudging from place to place, I swear not even GERRY had this many shots of Matt Damon walking. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Jul 29, 2016
70% CafĂ© Society (2016) It's a strange picture; a melancholic dirge in the guise of a comic bauble, at once light as a feather and pitilessly sad. ‐ The ARTery
Posted Jul 22, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Star Trek, in its many permutations and generations, is supposed to be about optimism, inclusiveness and faith in the future. That's something this picture gets right, and it's no small thing. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Jul 22, 2016
97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Waititi's film has the stylized exaggerations and emotional directness of the best children's literature. Everything is just a tiny bit louder and more colorful than real life, but the feelings are straightforward and unadorned. ‐ New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jul 22, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) Feig's girl-power Ghostbusters was forged in a crucible of man-baby cyber-bullying and it wears a chip on its shoulder proudly. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Jul 15, 2016
36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) It is a strange feeling to be watching a movie that seems to be apologizing for itself as it goes along. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Jul 1, 2016
31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Minus any movie stars and skimping on production values, it's the off-brand blockbuster equivalent of shopping at the Dollar Tree. ‐ New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jun 24, 2016
97% The Fits (2016) Hightower has a naturally commanding screen presence. Imagine if Steve McQueen was an eleven-year-old black girl and you're starting to get the idea. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Jun 23, 2016
69% Central Intelligence (2016) The movie has a heart as big as its Johnson. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Jun 21, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) Perhaps it's because I'm a soulless husk of a man and dead inside, but the Pixar formula just isn't cutting it for me anymore. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Jun 17, 2016
89% A Bigger Splash (2016) An amazing thing happened when Ralph Fiennes started going bald because that's when the world found out he's funny. ‐ New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jun 17, 2016
96% De Palma (2016) One of the best movies ever made about making movies. ‐ The ARTery
Posted Jun 17, 2016
34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) The Horsemen, The Eye - a lot of the names here feel like placeholders nobody got around to filling in later. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Jun 13, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) I enjoyed Money Monster enormously, right up until it turned into one of the stupidest movies ever made. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Jun 8, 2016
62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) An aesthetic shambles on every front, fanatically overpraised in certain circles for its strenuous and spotty bits of progressive lip service. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted May 29, 2016