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Sean Burns

Sean Burns
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% Mom and Dad (2018) Mom Snd Dad really isn't much of a movie but it's a terrific delivery system for a bonkers Cage performance.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
92% Thelma (2017) It's an expertly effective genre exercise that only occasionally feels like an exercise. A lot of the time it feels like an exorcism.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) This is a fiendishly funny movie, one that follows its own internal logic to a conclusion that makes perfect sense while being entirely mad. I laughed myself sick.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
87% The Shining (1980) It is a film that feels tantalizingly incomplete, missing just a few crucial pieces that you feel certain you're bound to catch the next time around. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
88% The Post (2018) It's breathless, a little goofy and an altogether grand old time at the movies.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
93% The Breadwinner (2017) A dance between exhilarating escapades and unthinkable brutality, which though largely confined to offscreen spaces nonetheless lurks over the movie like a dark cloud. ‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
77% All the Money in the World (2017) There are a few days left before the movie opens, so maybe Ridley still has time to replace Wahlberg with Clive Owen, Michael Fassbender or anyone who might make sense in the role.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
50% Downsizing (2017) Alexander Payne's softening over the years has been one of cinema's slow-motion tragedies.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) The film luxuriates in the sun-kissed settings, languorous and largely devoid of conflict. It's an awfully nice movie, maybe even too nice?‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
54% The Greatest Showman (2017) I'm pretty sure there's an audience for this film. But I'm even surer that I'm not part of that audience, given how much of the running time I spent groaning with my face buried in my hands.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
89% I, Tonya (2018) The movie feels at odds with itself, chiding the audience for disrespecting Harding's underprivileged background while at the same time chock full of sight gags sniggering at poor people. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Here's the first 'Star Wars' movie since 'Empire' that you don't have to make excuses for enjoying.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
90% Star 80 (1983) It's a film of constant, agonizing rejection, almost impossible to sit through but even harder to forget.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
86% All That Jazz (1979) The most beautifully fluid of Fosse and Heim's collaborations, it's the raucous fantasia of a spectacularly horny man who can't stop drinking, drugging and screwing around, even when he's at death's door.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
100% Lenny (1974) 'Lenny' is a lousy movie about a comedian but it's a great film about a toxic marriage.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Enchanting and annoying in equal measures.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Storaro's innovative cinematography and dynamic visual flourishes are squandered in the service of Allen's exhausted, predictable peccadilloes.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Franco's very funny movie meticulously re-creates The Room's most famously botched scenes, but shies away from its tortured soul.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
49% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Gilroy came up with a compelling character and a thematic journey, then didn't bother writing a story in which to frame them. It's like if the Lincoln Lawyer never got out of his car.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) You don't get points for being able to spot the difference between Snyder and Whedon shots, the overwrought, deep-shadowed splash-page compositions contrasted with garishly overlit three-camera sitcom blocking.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) It's the damnedest thing, a bitterly cynical picture filled with hope.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
74% Last Flag Flying (2017) These characters love this country enough to question what they fought and bled for, demanding that we in the audience honor their sacrifice by doing the same.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
39% I Love You, Daddy (2017) The icky experience of watching it feels a bit like one of those procedurals where the serial killer is deliberately leaving clues for the cops, trying to get caught.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) As soon as it was over, I wanted to watch it again.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
81% The Square (2017) 152 minutes is an awful lot of this.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) About as inventive and original as one of these things can probably get away with being, before it has to go back to being the same old s--t.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
70% Wonderstruck (2017) A visually rapturous puzzle without very many pieces.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) Clooney's directorial career has been a bizarre 15 year reverse spiral during which he's somehow managed to unlearn nearly everything about how to make a movie.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
88% Only the Brave (2017) At every step the movie's a little deeper and more thoughtful than anticipated.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
83% Marshall (2017) It's like Beverly Hills Cop or a Lethal Weapon movie, and enjoyable enough to make me hope for a sequel in which Thurgood goes to Kansas.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) It may be impossible to overstate just how wonderful Willem Dafoe is in this film.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) There are enough acerbic one-liners for at least two movies, but it's Sandler who supplies the soul. When the zingers land he makes you feel where they hit.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
91% Our Souls at Night (2017) The pleasure is in watching the straightforward, unfussy performances by two seasoned pros who know better than to push too hard.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
91% Gerald's Game (2017) Too full of busywork to ever get around to dramatizing the horror of being trapped, helpless and alone, which I thought was supposed to be the whole point.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
89% First They Killed My Father (2017) The camera seldom strays from what she can see or hear. It's a historical tragedy viewed from four feet off the ground by a character who doesn't quite grasp what's happening.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) Too fussy and dignified to embrace the material's romance novel absurdity.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) A movie for people who miss the voice-over narration. It turns poetry into prose.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) A terrific-looking movie photographed with intelligence and written in crayon.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
87% American Made (2017) It's a grand performance of toothy grins, aw-shucks charm and pure movie star magnetism. Barry's so much fun to watch you keep forgetting he's one of the bad guys.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
92% Stronger (2017) Last year's despicable movie star auto-fellatio Patriots Day invented a phony hero to save the day. Stronger reminds us that tragedy and survival are a lot more complicated than a bumper-sticker slogan.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) A cautious work of corporate bet-hedging and product integration. ‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2017
69% mother! (2017) Brilliantly crafted, perversely hilarious and also something of a chore. ‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
32% Home Again (2017) The characters all feel one draft away from being distinctive, and while we're at it the set decoration could use some touching up.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
85% It (2017) At its best It feels like an R-rated version of The Goonies, if The Goonies wasn't one of the worst movies ever made.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
9% Tulip Fever (2017) Director Chadwick brings a stodgy, Oscar-bait sensibility that's firmly at odds with the pulpy, bodice-ripping plot mechanics.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) It's deflating to watch a film start out wanting to the be The King Of Comedy and settle for Single White Female.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
98% Columbus (2017) The filmmaking choices here exhibit a bone-deep understanding of visual storytelling that's remarkable for a first-timer. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
42% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) Like most comedy sequels, it assumes audiences want a louder and more outrageous version of what they enjoyed last time. And like most comedy sequels, it's pretty lousy.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
83% They Live (1988) I'm depressed to report that it's timelier than ever.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
30% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) After an awfully rocky start, Bell eventually slows down the pace and lets her scenes breathe a bit. By the end I was surprised how much I'd come to care about these people. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017