Ty Burr

Ty Burr
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T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 96% I'm Your Man (2021) Honestly, if Jane Austen were alive and writing on a MacBook, she might come up with something like this. - Ty Burr's Watch List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
3.5/4 84% No Time To Die (2021) I was surprised and pleased by how well this entry... honors the compact the series has made with audiences over the decades while retooling it for today. - Ty Burr's Watch List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
4/4 92% Sankofa (1993) It's a film that seems ancient and wise. - Ty Burr's Watch List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
74% The Many Saints of Newark (2021) It's a very smart piece of work that, oddly, owes as much to the films of Martin Scorsese as to the world Chase built over six appalling, satisfying seasons. - Ty Burr's Watch List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2021
2.5/4 50% Old (2021) "Old" is a fiendish idea only partially realized. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2021
3/4 80% Summertime (2021) The movies have a long history of "kids putting on a show." "Summertime" belongs to that tradition even as it expands its boundaries into the heartsore world offscreen. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
3/4 91% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) If you miss Anthony Bourdain - and for many, the celebrity chef's death in 2018 felt like the loss of a close and troubled friend - Morgan Neville's "Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain" is a salve. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
3/4 97% Pig (2021) "Pig" is a thoughtful, well-made movie for an audience primed for junk: It's pearls before swine. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
2.5/4 79% Black Widow (2021) The property that was supposed to be the first movie installment of "Phase Four" by now just feels phased out. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
3/4 80% Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2021) "Summer of 85" balances intriguingly but a little too murkily on a fulcrum of unreliable narration, and it becomes impossible to tell whether Ozon means us to take the story at face value or undercutting Alex's own melodramatic pronouncements. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
3/4 88% Zola (2021) "Zola" doesn't so much end as run out of gas. But the movie and its maker, the story it tells and the characters it showcases all represent something quite new in American movies. I'm not sure whether to cheer them on or head for the hills. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
3.5/4 92% No Sudden Move (2020) It's a wonderful performance, and "No Sudden Move" is a terrific movie - an unflashy near-masterpiece of professionalism on both sides of the camera. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
4/4 99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) "Summer of Soul" captures a moment of the past that was launching itself into the future in a way that feels wholly relevant and inspirational to the present. The movie is a gift. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
3.5/4 97% I Carry You with Me (2021) The film is a big hug, but the "you" of the title is a homeland, and it is many miles away. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
3.5/4 95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) "The Sparks Brothers" zips along at such a breezy, informational pace that you notice its length only in the final stretch, when the film's reduced to ticking off the albums as they keep coming. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2021
2.5/4 62% Siberia (2021) "Siberia" is a Freudian wallow made by a New York street fighter of a Fellini, and it is nothing if not authentic in its stress-fractured machismo. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
2.5/4 91% Luca (2021) "Luca" is middle-drawer Pixar, a dreamily animated bit of whimsy with a great setting, not much of a story, and a concept that's a rehash. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
3/4 67% Fatherhood (2021) Almost as generic as its title, "Fatherhood" is made real enough to matter by the strength of its performances and the sincerity of its makers. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
2/4 53% Queen Bees (2021) Michael Lembeck's genial, predictable comedy rolls along on well-worn tracks elevated by the class and commitment of actors who've earned our affection over decades of work. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
4/4 94% In the Heights (2021) Like a cool lemon ice on a blistering summer day, "In the Heights" feels like a reward. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
1.5/4 16% Infinite (2021) "Infinite" hops from set-piece to set-piece, with director Antoine Fuqua - a long way from "Training Day" - pushing the action sequences well past the point of credibility and occasionally into hilarity. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
1/4 13% Under the Stadium Lights (2021) "Under the Stadium Lights" makes no effort to comprehend larger societal and systemic forces; it preaches grit, gumption, and a docile, unquestioning compassion. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2021
2.5/4 89% Undine (2020) [A] psychological portrait that wades slowly into the supernatural. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2021
3/4 67% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2021) The film remains impossible to shake, so rare are the stories we're told that refuse to cushion the blow and so close do this story's blows come to where we live now. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
2.5/4 88% Dream Horse (2021) "Dream Horse" is a very nice movie, about very nice people, but nice is rarely enough, and thank goodness Toni Collette knows that. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
2.5/4 67% Army Of The Dead (2021) "Army of the Dead" is more than the sum of its basted-together parts - barely. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
2.5/4 68% Monster (2019) Myers wanted us to feel for the kid but also to ponder the spectrum between action and inaction and where responsibility - and thus guilt - might fall on it. In the end, the movie gets that, too. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2021
1.5/4 66% Wrath of Man (2021) The mild tragedy is that Statham's growling sense of humor goes missing in the shuffle and a few decent actors are wasted... - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
2.5/4 53% Four Good Days (2021) "Four Good Days" could be a better movie, but I'm not sure that matters. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
3/4 94% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) The film has an epic sense of devastated wonder that can only come from standing as far back from the parade as one possibly can while still holding on to one's empathy. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
3/4 90% The Outside Story (2020) "The Outside Story" turns Sartre's "Hell is other people" on its head. It doesn't go so far as to say heaven is other people, but it does say that Brooklyn is, and that's close enough. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
3.5/4 98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) There's a moral at the end (love your family in all its weirdness, or something) and a dollop of sentiment that is contractually required for the genre. But it's the discreetly sharpened edges of "The Mitchells vs. the Machines" that stick with you... - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
2/4 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) "Mortal Kombat," which is arriving simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max, is mostly an exercise in the care and feeding of intellectual property, which is the main order of studio business these days. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
3.5/4 98% Hope (Håp) (2021) The movie offers hope to its characters but, even more affectingly, to us. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
2.5/4 90% Together Together (2021) Harrison gives the character more life than the screenplay does, yet both she and Beckwith seem to collaborate on the film's final image, which - like much of this odd, daring, and surprisingly resonant film - lands with a light touch upon hard matters. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
3/4 79% In The Earth (2021) Does "In the Earth" run off the rails into addled sensationalism in the end? Yes. But while it's steaming ahead at full power, Wheatley's magic mushroom trip is a grueling yet exhilarating ride. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
1/4 50% Monday (2021) Try though the actors may, they're unable to make us care about characters who are primarily defined by their lousy decisions and who lack the spark to draw us closer to their flame. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
2.5/4 86% Jakob's Wife (2021) "Jakob's Wife" proudly embraces its inherent B-ness. But it's the star who makes this a low-down hoot while rooting it in some tart and deserved observations about the battle of the sexes. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
3/4 97% Shiva Baby (2021) What keeps you watching is the way "Shiva Baby" puts us on Danielle's side throughout, even as she's sabotaging herself with further lies and lox. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
3.5/4 97% The Truffle Hunters (2020) By putting us behind the eyes of a dog racing through the underbrush, happily going about what it understands as its work, "The Truffle Hunters" brings us to the source itself: the sniffing out, the digging, the discovery, the reward. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
2.5/4 25% Voyagers (2021) "Voyagers" shows that Burger can still move a story along with craft, pace, and skill, even if that story is, in the end, awfully predictable. Maybe it's time he got back to the grown-ups' table. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
3/4 80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) The film is a shrine to a hardy subculture, its people, and the animals they love. Long may they run. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/4 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) [I]n fact the new film, directed by Adam Wingard and written by a small committee, has an amusingly high order of scientific monster-movie mumbo-jumbo, delivered with serious intonations by well-respected actors as they stare in awe at a green screen. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/4 63% French Exit (2021) "French Exit" gets goofy at times, enough so that you'll be charmed or throw up your hands and call it a night. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 92% Tina (2021) "Tina" is celebratory and glossy... The life is still more than eventful enough. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
2/4 84% Nobody (2021) "Nobody" ultimately turns out to be a simpler animal than that much-loved AMC series, and a lesser one. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
4/4 97% The Human Voice (La Voz Humana) (2020) "The Human Voice" is a banquet disguised as a light lunch, heady with flavors; you come away blissfully sated and hungry for more. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
4/4 100% Quo Vadis, Aida? (2021) Life goes on, says "Quo Vadis, Aida?," but you must never, ever forget. After seeing this movie, you won't. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3/4 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Still, a major improvement when all is said and done, and Snyder has conclusively proved his point. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
1.5/4 37% Cherry (2021) "Cherry" is three movies in one, none of them fresh, all of them overlong. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2021