The Improper Bostonian

The Improper Bostonian is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Cassidy Olsen, Sean Burns
Rating Title/Year Author
1.5/4 Teen Spirit (2018) Cassidy Olsen Minghella is more interested in revealing a carefully cultivated aesthetic than actually saying something with his debut. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
4/4 Diane (2018) Cassidy Olsen The clear-cut narrative of the film's first half blooms into something much more oblique, at times even surreal, diving into its lead's psyche and exploring the boundaries between who we are, who we were and who we will become. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
3/4 High Life (2018) Cassidy Olsen Combining aspects of horror, sci-fi and prison drama, the film is a challenging puzzle that even the most devout Denis fans may struggle to piece together, but that doesn't negate its thrilling, terrifying viewing experience. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
3/4 Transit (2018) Cassidy Olsen An on-the-road tale of stolen identity that's imbued with suffocating urgency and paranoia, Transit uses many of the conventions of noir to weave a Kafkaesque narrative about how memory functions in the face of trauma and political oppression. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
2.5/4 The Aftermath (2019) Cassidy Olsen The Aftermath is far from a great film, so deeply mired in genre conventions that playing a period piece drinking game while watching would have you in an ambulance within the first half-hour. But it's much too fun to get angry about. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
3/4 Us (2019) Cassidy Olsen Us introduces so many ideas that it can be difficult to focus. But it's fascinating to watch those ideas emerge, contort and dance around on screen, even if they don't always come together to form a cohesive story. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
2/4 Climax (2018) Cassidy Olsen The result is an interesting visual experiment, but a tedious and ultimately hollow one-scenes from other Euro horrors like Possession and Suspiria aren't so much referenced as flat-out recreated, as if Climax doesn't have anything new to add. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
1.5/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Cassidy Olsen This nonlinear narrative adds interest beyond your typical origin story, but it's quickly overwhelmed by the same shtick that's in all these movies-uncompelling action sequences, recycled villains and flat direction. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
3/4 High Flying Bird (2019) Cassidy Olsen High Flying Bird is much colder, at times even clinical, and it's more interested in the long-term work of resistance than heist plots and celebrations. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
2/4 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Cassidy Olsen The film's logic is often unclear, and its insistence on some rather regressive jokes about marriage, sex and body type is disappointing and pedestrian, especially when compared to the comedy of the competing Lego Movie franchise. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
1/4 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Cassidy Olsen While the pulpy, by-the-numbers horror of the film's second half has the potential to be something awfully fun, Velvet Buzzsaw's overwritten and unfocused script sucks the joy out of even the most ridiculous of deaths. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
3/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Cassidy Olsen Against all odds, Alita actually works. While previous live-action manga adaptations like Death Note and Ghost in the Shell came out bloated and disingenuous, Alita: Battle Angel is fun, fiery and focused enough to know what it's about. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
1.5/4 Glass (2019) Cassidy Olsen What was likely meant to be a meditation on the genre from Shyamalan comes off more like a lecture, one that will disappoint most superhero fans and skeptics alike. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
1/4 Serenity (2019) Cassidy Olsen Serenity's fleeting moments of fun absurdity and over-the-top performances aren't enough to make up for the odd, uncomfortable flatness that defines the rest of the film. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
2.5/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Cassidy Olsen The Second Part is still a testament to the creativity that has blessed big-budget animation and children's programming in recent years-but everything can't be awesome forever. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
2/4 Five Feet Apart (2019) Cassidy Olsen This young-adult tear-jerker is bogged down by cliche and a lack of vision, buoyed only by a fresh performance from lead actress Haley Lu Richardson and an honest conversation about the loneliness of disease. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
3.5/4 The Beach Bum (2019) Cassidy Olsen Korine has grown up and mellowed out, shifting his attention inward to make perhaps the only introspective and genuinely kind film of his entire career-all the while preserving his idiosyncratic directing style and penchant for the bizarre. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
3.5/4 Gloria Bell (2018) Cassidy Olsen Almost by extension of Moore's lived-in performance, Lelio's Gloria Bell is just as subtle and rewarding as the original, granting American audiences a new look into his brand of filmmaking through a simple story brimming with the comedy of life. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
The Monuments Men (2014) Sean Burns Clooney's lugubrious direction mimics the worst of those star-studded early-1960s epics, with lots of long dissolves and chunky inertia. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Labor Day (2013) Sean Burns So histrionically abysmal that it makes you realize how lazy and complacent most other movies are in their banal mediocrity. The atrociousness is thrilling. As I left the theater, I felt alive again. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
The Invisible Woman (2013) Sean Burns Far more attentive to visual storytelling than most actors who step behind the camera, Fiennes conveys shifting dynamics through his characters' positions within the frame. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
August: Osage County (2013) Sean Burns Every ill-considered editing choice here bears the sticky fingerprints of statuette-grubbing producer Harvey Weinstein, attempting to tame this rough material for mass consumption by Oscar voters. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Sean Burns My favorite movie in years. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Nebraska (2013) Sean Burns Everything about Nebraska feels secondhand. It's a gimmicky sitcom script gussied up with 'artful' affectations borrowed from the New Hollywood heyday of the early '70s. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
12 Years a Slave (2013) Sean Burns We've seen movies about the horrors of slavery before. This one is about the mechanics. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Captain Phillips (2013) Sean Burns This film sticks in your gut. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Enough Said (2013) Sean Burns It's a wonderful movie-funny, sad and wise about the crazy ways we torment ourselves in this thing called love. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Rush (2013) Sean Burns Thuddingly obvious and proud of it, Rush is a slick, breakneck entertainment. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Drinking Buddies (2013) Sean Burns This is a giant nothing. I can't think of a recent picture where I've seen less effort to enlighten or entertain. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Blue Jasmine (2013) Sean Burns Andrew Dice Clay holding his own against Cate Blanchett? Now I've seen it all. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
The To Do List (2013) Sean Burns Despite the sometimes childish sight gags, what salvages the movie is a refreshingly adult attitude toward the messy matter of sexuality. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
The Heat (2013) Sean Burns For the first half hour I thought it was gearing up to be one of the worst movies I have ever seen, but eventually it grew on me. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Much Ado About Nothing (2012) Sean Burns It's a private party, for Whedon fans only. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
The Kings of Summer (2013) Sean Burns A slick piece of work that juts out at just enough odd angles to be idiosyncratic, but never alienating. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Iron Man 3 (2013) Sean Burns A smirky, sardonic sensibility smuggled in by Shane Black is almost enough to cure these summertime blues. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Something in the Air (2012) Sean Burns A film about fading out, about how youthful passions dissolve over time. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Disconnect (2012) Sean Burns Reefer Madness with smartphones. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) Sean Burns Derek Cianfrance could probably be a great filmmaker if he wasn't trying so hard to be a Great Filmmaker EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
No (2012) Sean Burns The most cutting gag is just how much Saavedra's political ads resemble his recent campaign for a diet cola. And the punch line is that they work. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) Sean Burns When did John McClane become such a dick? EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Warm Bodies (2013) Sean Burns I liked it better than Zombieland, if you're lookimg for something in a similar wheelhouse. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Amour (2012) Sean Burns It's a chilling, pitiless vision that offers no relief, just a portrait of decline. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Les Misérables (2012) Sean Burns Tom Hooper's direction is an aesthetic crime. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) Sean Burns A tedious affair about a tedious affair. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Life of Pi (2012) Sean Burns You'll wish you could watch it with the sound turned off. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Lincoln (2012) Sean Burns Tasked with dramatizing some of the most significant moments of the 19th century, Spielberg shoots the picture as a bustling ensemble comedy. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Flight (2012) Sean Burns The best movies concerning addiction are about the characters and not the Problem. Flight is about the Problem. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
The Master (2012) Sean Burns It's a singular vision, and the movie haunts. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Arbitrage (2012) Sean Burns Aside from Gere's performance, there's really not much to see here. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Bachelorette (2012) Sean Burns This isn't Bridesmaids, it's HurlyBurly for women pushing 30. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015