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Sean Burns

Sean Burns
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
70% Café 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
69% Central Intelligence (2016) The movie has a heart as big as its Johnson.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
96% De Palma (2016) One of the best movies ever made about making movies.‐ The ARTery
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 29, 2016
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) This year's best superhero movie yet, which isn't saying much.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted May 28, 2016
82% Chevalier (2016) In the sequel these guys should all run for president.‐ The ARTery
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
86% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2016
32% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2015
26% Heist (2015) Not bad for a brazenly derivative, time-killing knock-off.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2015