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Sean Burns

Sean Burns
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) It's a prismatic portrait, albeit an occasionally confusing one. Some of the footage feels revelatory and some of it just seems random. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) Yet I couldn't help thinking that if he really loved his family so much he would've pulled out. ‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
86% You Were Never Really Here (2018) It's like a Charles Bronson movie directed by Alain Resnais.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) This is fanboy fellatio and I found it all almost unbearably depressing.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) While I do believe that all the kitano drums, haikus, sumo wrestlers and Akira Kurosawa homages in fall on the side of cultural appreciation rather than appropriation, some of Anderson's flourishes still feel a bit ill-considered.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
79% Unsane (2018) A deliciously nasty little thriller with a ragged, low-budget edge.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
49% Tomb Raider (2018) A film almost entirely devoid of personality.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
63% Strange Days (1995) The movie went off like a landmine in Lincoln Center, traumatizing upscale audiences with its pulp semiotics and Bigelow's blunt-force filmmaking.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
50% Demonlover (2003) Assayas sometimes seems to make movies just to indulge his fetishes, which I suppose is a big reason why people become filmmakers in the first place. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
72% Existenz (1999) This is a David Cronenberg movie, so everything looks vaguely like a vagina.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) I really hated watching this movie, and by that I mean I hated the physical act of looking at it and trying to follow the visual information as presented onscreen.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) Straight-faced and seriously silly, this is by no means a great film -nor even a very good one- but it's got a nifty, nasty kick to it. ‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
17% Death Wish (2018) "You'd think such a morally repugnant gun-nut masturbation fantasy would at least be worth getting worked up about, but the movie's so lugubrious and wheezy it's almost pitiable."‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) I'm not exactly sure what to make of this movie but I can't seem to shake it.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fant├ística) (2018) Compelling on a human level but dramatically monotonous. There aren't exactly a lot of surprises here.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
81% The Party (2018) Mordantly funny and mercifully brief. It's a pleasure to watch these performers ping-ponging off one another.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
96% Black Panther (2018) Jordan *hurts* in this movie. He aches in a way our bullet-proof, melancholy Prince could never begin to understand, lashing out at the very fantasy this comic book movie represents. This wonderfully messy film is actually angry at itself.‐ Spliced Personality
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) A pungent piece of social history, chronicling the early days of the ACT UP movement in Paris with bawdy humor, bottomless compassion and a rebel yell.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
73% 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
93% 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
87% 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
94% 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
78% 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
51% 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
95% 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
56% 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
90% 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
91% 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
31% 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
52% 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
92% 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
76% 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
38% 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
84% 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
67% 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
87% 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