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Sean Burns

Sean Burns
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
40% Wasp Network (2019) The former film critic is once again tinkering with story structure the way smart kids like to take apart their toys to see how they work. Even a spotty Assayas film is still better than most.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
43% You Should Have Left (2020) What's unpredictable about the movie is a fully realized, adult dynamic between Bacon and Seyfried, set to a semi-abusive simmer that proves far more unsettling than when reflections in the mirror begin moving of their own accord.‐ North Shore Movies
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
88% You Don't Nomi (2019) It might sound like a joke, but this is really a rather thoughtful and enlightening work of film criticism.‐ North Shore Movies
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) There are scenes here that will bounce around your brainpan for days after you thought you were done with them.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
72% The King of Staten Island (2020) Its go-nowhere storylines and visual indifference will probably play better at home when you're stoned and looking at your phone. ‐ North Shore Movies
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) Decker's already developed an instantly recognizable visual style that feels like it's made entirely of elbows. ‐ North Shore Movies
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
78% Tommaso (2020) An almost invasively autobiographical reckoning of sorts. If the movie sometimes feels like you're eavesdropping on somebody's most intimate arguments, that's because you might be.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
88% The Trip to Greece (2020) It's hard to think of another movie right now that benefits so enormously from the diminished expectations and half-assed attention spans of home viewing. ‐ North Shore Movies
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) It's a movie about how art can change people's lives for better and worse, altering our perspectives of ourselves and the world around us. But it's also about how such work isn't created in a vacuum. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
98% Fourteen (2020) A subdued story told through ellipses and accumulated detail. Modest in means but not ambition, the movie sneaks up on you.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
40% Capone (2020) For better and worse, this is the work of a free man. ‐ North Shore Movies
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
100% Driveways (2019) There's an ease they have around each other, the kind of old-recliner comfort Dennehy specialized in bringing to the screen. I could've sat for hours with the two of them reading magazines on that porch.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
90% Blood Quantum (2019) Smart genre filmmaking with a lot on its mind, though probably not the most reassuring movie to watch when you're quarantined.‐ North Shore Movies
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
80% The Innocent (L'innocente) (1979) The opulent period surroundings are both ravishing and asphyxiating, with these impeccably decorated drawing rooms coming to feel like mausoleums the characters have built around themselves. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
80% Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos (Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands) (1976) You can see why the film took off the way it did, titillating arthouse audiences with its exotic earthiness and naughty humor.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
94% Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2020) A nifty overview as to why everything is terrible.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
95% Beastie Boys Story (2020) This is a pleasant chat with a couple of the nicest dads in your neighborhood, but I kept waiting for someone to bust out the Brass Monkey.‐ North Shore Movies
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
68% Extraction (2020) Action heroes aren't assigned one-liners anymore. Instead they get tragic backstories.‐ North Shore Movies
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) Envisioning Ned Kelly's army of outlaws as Iggy and the Stooges, Kurzel's visual graffiti grows increasingly, interestingly rococo as the atrocities pile up.‐ North Shore Movies
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
100% Other Music (2020) A wistful, welcome reminder of how such places can create a community, with our shared interests and enthusiasms becoming a shared humanity.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
80% Tigertail (2020) A sprawling, multigenerational saga spanning several decades across different continents, Tigertail is also only 91 minutes long, so most of the time it feels like a trailer for itself. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Breathtaking in its stripped-down simplicity, the film is a small miracle of inferences and implicit understandings.‐ North Shore Movies
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
100% It Started As a Joke (2019) There's a raw power in this footage I'm not sure the filmmakers really have a handle on. It hits upon that primal human need to turn grief into art, to salvage something positive out of all this sadness.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
72% Bringing Out the Dead (1999) It's an older, wiser Scorsese and Schrader back together 23 years after 'Taxi Driver' telling the story of another insomniac basket case driving around New York City late at night. Except now instead of an avenging angel he's on a mission of mercy.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
89% After Hours (1985) The cruelest of comedies, 'After Hours' makes me laugh so hard I can barely breathe. Not everybody has that reaction, though. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
50% The Comfort of Strangers (1991) I'm not sure it all works, but this is the kind of creepy, insinuating picture that gets under your skin and stays there. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
73% King of New York (1990) You keep coming back for the ugly, sleazebag electricity and out-of-nowhere violence. Walken glides along it all without his feet ever touching the ground, navigating the movie's mood swings with a dancer's grace.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
22% The Jesus Rolls (2020) I can't help but feel a strange affection for this misbegotten picture. It's such a screwy idea shoving a random Coen character into one of your raunchy world cinema favorites, like remaking 'Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!' with Mike Yanagita from 'Fargo.'‐ North Shore Movies
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) We might all be off the map at the moment, but this movie reminds us that we've still got each other.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
97% Saint Frances (2020) This is the kind of movie that makes you feel less lonely.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
98% Blow the Man Down (2020) A nifty, New England spin on the Coen brothers' Rube Goldberg crime contraptions with a welcome feminist bent. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
85% Big Time Adolescence (2020) Davidson's got the zonked, wiseacre affectlessness of vintage Bill Murray but with a post-millennial fragility; cocky in a manner that comes off as deeply, touchingly insecure. He's an underachiever for an anxious age.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
56% The Hunt (2020) It feels like someone took an old action movie script from the '80s and peppered it with buzzwords they picked up on Reddit.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
96% First Cow (2020) A glimpse of America in the process of becoming itself, for better and worse.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
84% The Way Back (2020) I guess there's something poetic and in character about a solid Ben Affleck comeback vehicle finding a way to screw everything up in its second hour.‐ North Shore Movies
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
38% Spenser Confidential (2020) The kind of Boston movie you'd expect from a couple of Lakers fans.‐ North Shore Movies
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
100% Cane River (2020) A vital artifact from a lost part of film history, a tantalizing glimpse of a nascent black independent cinema movement that almost was.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
91% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) It's a story about carrying on after the unimaginable, when things are supposed to go back to normal as if they ever really could. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
87% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) It's exactly the kind of stuffy hagiography Pauline probably would have hated.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
61% The Call of the Wild (2020) Ford does what millions of dollars in special effects can't pull off. He makes you believe the dog is real.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) The good news is that you will definitely get lucky after going to see this movie. The even better news is that you'll have a ton to talk about afterward.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
91% The Assistant (2020) It's all a matter of routine, which the movie conveys with an artfully numbed sense of dread. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
92% Miss Americana (2020) Like most of Swift's musical output, the movie is a bit over-calculated, enormously appealing and far more carefully constructed than it might appear at first glance.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
85% Les Misérables (2020) A lot of the genre beats may be familiar to crime story aficionados, but the textures are what feel fresh. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
48% Underwater (2020) An ideal January junk-food quickie.‐ North Shore Movies
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
84% The Thing (1982) The sheer nastiness of it all had an imprinting effect on a generation of budding cinema buffs. It's one of the first films I can recall seeing that felt like it was trying to hurt you.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) It's cinema as a VR headset, with all the expressive qualities of the art replaced by a dull literal-mindedness, a quote-unquote immersive trip into unconvincing verisimilitude that makes a lousy substitute for drama.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
93% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) This is one swarthy, full-throated, four-hanky tear-jerker. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The elephant in the room here is that they accidentally made a real movie last time. So of course J.J. Abrams was brought back on board to make sure nothing like that ever happens again.‐ North Shore Movies
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
70% Bombshell (2019) Much as you'd expect from a #MeToo movie made by men, 'Bombshell' wants to take down the designated misogynist villain while ignoring the structures and paradigms that allowed him to flourish in the first place.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019