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Sean Burns

Sean Burns
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
54% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) That the film feels like a ten-year-old directed it is both an accurate summation of its shortcomings and a high compliment indeed. ‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) Relentlessly barreling between dive bombings, torpedo attacks and dogfights, the movie works your nerves. It's just one damn thing after another.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
90% A Ghost Story (2017) As years rush by the ambitions grow increasingly more cosmic and grand. This little low-budget film begins to contain multitudes.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Personally I found it all a bit distasteful and more than a little unpleasant. Cool shout-outs to "Schindler's List" though, bro.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) Sofia Coppola's radical re-envisioning of Don Siegel's lurid 1971 Civil War melodrama works in the same way as Hendrix covering Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" or Johnny Cash singing Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt." ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) An exercise in diminishment. Feels like like one of the smallest and most inconsequential Marvel films yet.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
93% Do the Right Thing (1989) The richest and most thorough cinematic exploration of an American ailment I fear may eventually be the end of us.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
17% Inconceivable (2017) Gina Gershon has the dirtiest smirk in movies and hardly ever gets a chance to use it.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2017
94% Baby Driver (2017) I found the movie's slick, shiny surfaces entertaining to a point but once again wish this frustrating filmmaker would go as deep as his debut.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
85% Okja (2017) Love him or hate him, there's nobody else making movies quite like this guy.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
44% The Bad Batch (2017) It's got vision and atmosphere to burn, yet at the same time feels strangely hollow and incomplete. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
22% Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017) You leave with a lot of questions, first and foremost being: Bruce Willis woke up for this?‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
16% The Mummy (2017) Some movies feel like they're made by a committee, The Mummy feels like it was made by a conference call during which nobody was listening to one another. ‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
88% It Comes At Night (2017) An icky, post-apocalyptic wallow that relies on gut-churning dread instead of traditional jump-scares. I hated it so much I didn't want to talk to anybody afterward and went for a long walk by myself. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
100% Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead (2017) This isn't just one of the best movies of the year, it's one of the best movies ever made about rock 'n' roll.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) It's two-thirds of a terrific picture, and I'm hard pressed to think of a recent movie I was enjoying so much that s**t the bed quite as spectacularly as this one does. ‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) We watch with morbid fascination as Gere talks up, down, around and in circles trying to stave off the inevitable. ‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
79% Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2017) A solid debut made with warmth and a cozy charm.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
71% Alien: Covenant (2017) It's a movie obsessed with authorship, chock full of revisions and refinements as directed by a legendary tinkerer who never does know when to leave well enough alone.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
84% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017) All that quiet is full of contemplation, as the film allows viewers room to bring their own baggage, time and space to meditate on how mortality one day comes for us all.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
88% Their Finest (2017) As sure-footed and satisfying an entertainment as I've seen so far this year. It's the kind of movie you can point to when people say they don't make 'em like they used to.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
88% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) A welcome reminder that the most exciting works of art can come from somewhere elusive and instinctual, or they may just be about what it's like to live in Philadelphia.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
71% Dayveon (2017) Abbasi transplants hood movie tropes to the Deep South, infusing the bucolic settings with junkyard lyricism.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
79% Chuck (2017) A slick, entertainingly silly movie that owes more to "Goon" than "Raging Bull."‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
85% Band Aid (2017) A tart comedy until Lister-Jones veers into kitchen sink melodrama, dropping the jokes almost altogether and tying it all up with homilies so pat they play like parody. ‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
80% Beach Rats (2017) Hittman's superlatively subjective camera sexualizes everything in its path, damp with a New York summer's cruel humidity and a hazy, exhausted torpor.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
100% Columbus (2017) Sometimes all the frames within frames can get a little fussy for my tastes, but there's a real, repressed power to these performances.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
100% Dina (2017) That the movie is so funny without ever being funny at these people's expense is something very special indeed.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
100% For Ahkeem (2017) There's some footage that feels suspiciously finessed for storytelling purposes, but whenever Daje's onscreen it's impossible not to be moved.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
No Score Yet Maineland (2017) It's sadly telling that after spending a semester in America the kids all go home fat.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
58% Small Crimes (2017) The perfect movie to premiere on Netflix, not quite distinguished enough to warrant a trip to the multiplex but ideal couch company on a rainy afternoon. Such modest virtues should not be underestimated.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
15% The Circle (2017) The plotting takes bizarre detours into the realm of science-fiction, but Ponsoldt insists on shooting it with the granola aesthetic of a Sundance also-ran about a family farm. He's an astonishingly wrong choice for this material.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
No Score Yet Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape (2016) What emerges is a not uninteresting notion of the hissy format democratizing music culture, allowing fans to actively program their own albums instead of passively accepting whatever the record company provided.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
78% The Hero (2017) Haley strains too hard for profundity at times, but Elliott's pitch-perfect performance is one for the books‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
92% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) James has always been a filmmaker fascinated by community, and Abacus doubles as an engrossing glimpse inside cloistered Chinatown customs and an immigrant population looking out for one another because it's infuriatingly obvious that nobody else will.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
100% Sylvio (2017) Sylvio has stray moments of beauty that border on the sublime. There's a yearning to the hairy guy's amazingly uneventful puppet shows, a dream of sophistication that transcends his animal brutishness.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) More of the same feels like less.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
95% Tramps (2016) There's a sense of generosity flowing through Adam Leon's films that reminds me of the best Jonathan Demme movies. The kindness is restorative.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
85% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) There's something inherently hilarious about shoving bratty Jason Schwartzman into Gene Hackman's role from The Poseidon Adventure.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
67% Free Fire (2017) A lot of people we don't like skulking in pain around an ugly location while getting shot at from every direction and swearing badly.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
80% Colossal (2017) The ending is both unexpected and exactly right, with a last line that's priceless and a reaction shot from Hathaway that's even better.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) How does anyone watch "Fury Road" and then not let Charlize Theron drive?‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2017
39% Aftermath (2017) Schwarzenegger these days seems to be quite purposefully reconsidering his career and revising his screen persona. He's an Eastwood in search of his Unforgiven. Aftermath ain't it.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
30% Salt and Fire (2017) The final reels are so compelling it's almost worth sitting through everything that came before. Almost.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2017
30% The Assignment (2017) It will never be confused with one of this filmmaker's finest, but if you can get on the movie's bonkers, pulpy wavelength it's kind of a hoot.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) Kore-eda films aren't sexy or controversial, but in their small, observational ways offer unexpectedly complete emotional journeys. When they're over, you feel like you've been somewhere.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
43% Song to Song (2017) Pro Tip: If you have Emmanuel Lubezki shooting your belly button lint, it's gonna look like pretty great belly button lint.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) As far as dumb action movies go this is a great-looking one, but it should have been so much more.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
73% The Blackcoat's Daughter (February) (2017) Pointedly lacking jump-scares and jolts, the movie is instead something to stew in, its dark magic working your nerves while denying the catharsis of a good scream.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
80% Personal Shopper (2017) In synopsis it's a ghost story about grief and acceptance, but on a more visceral, cinematic level this is really a movie about looking at her.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017