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Sean Burns

Sean Burns
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) This year's best superhero movie yet, which isn't saying much. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted May 28, 2016
81% Chevalier (2016) In the sequel these guys should all run for president. ‐ The ARTery
Posted May 26, 2016
84% The Meddler (2016) The Meddler feels toned down a few notches from your typical movie comedy. It feels like life. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted May 22, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) "There are never really any new toys in Shane Black's sandbox but he always plays with them better than the other kids." ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted May 20, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) The sad middle-aged dudes who cling so desperately to these films require constant reassurances that they're not just fun stories for children in which men wear tights. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted May 6, 2016
86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) I often feel like the only movie characters more tedious than Linklater's leads were played by Zeppo Marx. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Apr 26, 2016
70% A Hologram for the King (2016) This film isn't a masterpiece by any means, but it is at times very good, with an unfussy jewel of a performance by Tom Hanks that's all the more remarkable for appearing so effortless. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Apr 26, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) The slow-drip plot mechanics lead us to assume that all our questions will eventually be answered, but what makes Midnight Special so damn frustrating is that most of them aren't even asked. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Apr 5, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) The movie has a bullying, hostile tone that comes through in the surly performances, a callous indifference to innocents killed and the general philosophical disposition of a teenager who just discovered Nietzsche after being grounded. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Mar 25, 2016
37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) Such a ramshackle affair that to call it slapdash would be a compliment. Yet still, I laughed like a drain. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Mar 11, 2016
46% Knight of Cups (2016) From moment to moment the technique can be rapturous, and taken out of context any given few minutes of Knight Of Cups are thrilling to watch. It's just when you have a hundred and eighteen of those minutes in a row that it becomes numbing. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Mar 4, 2016
53% Triple 9 (2016) The menu suggests filet mignon but Triple 9 turns out to be a really good cheeseburger. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Feb 26, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Another epistemological prank from cinema's snarkiest philosophers, "Hail, Caesar!" is a Passion Play played for giggles, with the Golden Age of Hollywood serving as the garden of Gethsemane for yet another in the Coens' long line of serious men. ‐ The ARTery
Posted Feb 8, 2016
31% Mojave (2016) An elliptical and at times preposterously entertaining load of hooey that both kids and embraces every chest-beating trope in that old 'He-Man Of Letters' tradition. ‐ The ARTery
Posted Feb 8, 2016
77% Body Double (1984) A spectacularly sleazy send-up that finds the puckish, thin-skinned director confronting his critics and doubling down on everything that upstanding, respectable people hate about Brian De Palma films. ‐ The ARTery
Posted Feb 8, 2016
97% Body Heat (1981) Amusing as this may be, there's something a bit studious about "Body Heat." Kasdan's ceiling fans and Venetian blinds often come across as film school affectations. ‐ The ARTery
Posted Feb 8, 2016
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Abrams nails the feeling of (re)visiting a rusted-out, slightly sarcastic fairy tale. Still, a few hours after the credits it's all evaporating and I'm struggling to recall a remotely original or inventive moment in the entire damn thing. ‐ New England Movies Weekly
Posted Dec 18, 2015
74% Youth (2015) There's a reckless energy with which it lunges from one ga-ga visual flourish to another, consistency and coherence be damned. ‐ The ARTery
Posted Dec 13, 2015
43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) But nowhere here will you find the insights into obsession and humanity that made Melville's book a classic. The movie doesn't know Dick. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Dec 13, 2015
50% Uncle Nick (2015) I spent the following 93 minutes wondering what kind of absurd bet Errol Morris must have lost to have his name associated with this dire project. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Dec 4, 2015
80% Chi-Raq (2015) A glorious provocation. At once deeply sorrowful and exuberantly silly, it's a scabrous, sexy musical comedy shot through with an almost unbearable sadness. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Dec 4, 2015
95% Creed (2015) Creed is the first Rocky sequel that feels like the first Rocky. It's human-scaled, rambling and idiosyncratic, with emotional payoffs larger than life. I spent most of the running time crying my eyes out. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Nov 25, 2015
96% Spotlight (2015) There's a flatly functional artlessness to the visuals. Spotlight is drab, sometimes bordering on ugly. It may be a film worth seeing, but there isn't much to look at. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Nov 25, 2015
66% The Night Before (2015) It's a lot of half-baked conceits that don't really fit together, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't laugh. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Nov 24, 2015
65% Spectre (2015) Probably the lousiest Bond picture since the Roger Moore era, but I'll be damned if I'm gonna watch those Brosnan blunders again to make sure. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Nov 18, 2015
33% By The Sea (2015) Those screams you hear are thousands of Us Weekly readers trying to process an Antonioni homage. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Nov 14, 2015
26% Heist (2015) Not bad for a brazenly derivative, time-killing knock-off. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
70% Miss You Already (2015) There's a jagged energy and a rawness to it. Miss You Already jerks its tears honestly. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
90% Bone Tomahawk (2015) A sci-fi horror cannibal exploitation picture by way of John Ford, it's a deliberately paced, old-fashioned Western that occasionally morphs into a splatter movie. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Oct 30, 2015
86% Steve Jobs (2015) Directed with patented flashy sleight-of-hand for no particular purpose by Danny Boyle, Steve Jobs is slick and empty. It looks and sounds like a movie but it really isn't about anything. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Oct 24, 2015
97% All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (2015) A warm, wistful documentary that fondly recalls a time when buying music was a communal activity and not just clicking on things. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Oct 24, 2015
64% Trash (2015) Trash is a step up from Extremely Loud's cloying 9/11 exploitation simply by virtue of not being one of the most appalling movies ever made. It's still pretty crummy, though. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Oct 11, 2015
84% The Walk (2015) A single sequence can't make a lousy movie great, but the one in The Walk comes awfully close. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Oct 11, 2015
62% The Intern (2015) Everyone here has the best of intentions. The Intern has a gentle spirit, and is about people who are decent. There's not a lot of conflict, but we root for these characters because we enjoy spending time with them. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Sep 30, 2015
96% GoodFellas (1990) One of the great sustained acts of virtuosity in American cinema. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 24, 2015
86% Saturday Night Fever (1977) This is one tough picture - bristling and raw, with an aggression more attuned to angry-young-man British kitchen sink dramas than Hollywood's quickie music-fad cash-ins. ‐ The ARTery
Posted Sep 24, 2015
74% The Keeping Room (2015) It's an exceedingly difficult movie to sit through, and offers little reward for doing so. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 24, 2015
74% Black Mass (2015) What an ugly, droning nothing of a movie director Scott Cooper's Black Mass turns out to be. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 18, 2015
24% 90 Minutes In Heaven (2015) A staggeringly uneventful movie made for an audience to which I obviously do not belong. I'm frankly at a loss to convey how little happens during 90 Minutes in Heaven. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 11, 2015
79% Time Out Of Mind (2015) Mesmerizing and extremely moving. Moverman's audacious directorial technique is trying to teach us how to look toward those backgrounds and into the corners of the frame of our own lives. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Sep 8, 2015
22% Before We Go (2015) The film is very much what you would expect from a movie directed by Captain America. It's old-fashioned, a little corny, and almost impossible to resist. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 4, 2015
45% No Escape (2015) A piece of stupid xenophobic trash, released at a time when another piece of stupid xenophobic trash is surging in the polls for the Republican Presidential nomination, so The Weinstein Company might have a hit on their hands. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Aug 28, 2015
17% Zipper (2015) Of interest perhaps only as a glossy bit of Eliot Spitzer fan-fiction. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Aug 28, 2015
79% The Mend (2015) The most swaggeringly confident debut feature I have seen since I can't even remember when, The Mend is a bender and a crawl. It's also appallingly funny ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Aug 25, 2015
84% Call Me Lucky (2015) It's a wild ride for about half the movie. Then it becomes something else altogether. Being from Boston I was familiar with Crimmins' story, but I still wasn't ready for how deep the film cut. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Aug 21, 2015
87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) This isn't your mother's musical biopic. Except actually it is, just titled a couple degrees to the left. Kinda like JERZ-E BOYZ. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Aug 17, 2015
87% Fort Tilden (2015) Wickedly amusing, Fort Tilden is like a darkly comic adaptation of those hand-wringing articles about how millennials are so coddled they can't hack it in the real world. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Aug 14, 2015
64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) One can easily imagine an unbearably smug version of this picture helmed by Cody's usual partner-in-slime Jason Reitman. So it's a good thing for all of us that Jonathan Demme doesn't work that way. ‐ Spliced Personality
Posted Aug 10, 2015
83% Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) Peckinpah's final word on a genre he helped define, and the greatest movie you almost never got a chance to see. ‐ The ARTery
Posted Aug 10, 2015
79% Cop Car (2015) Nothing that follows matches the stripped-down smarts of the opening act, and the promising premise never develops into a proper story. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Aug 7, 2015