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Sean Burns

Film Critic, The ARTery, WBUR

Sean Burns’ reviews, interviews and essays have appeared in Philadelphia Weekly, The Improper Bostonian, Metro, The Boston Herald, Nashville Scene, Time Out New York, Philadelphia City Paper and RogerEbert.com. He stashes them all at www.splicedpersonality.com.

Recent stories

‘Chevalier’ — A Comedic Saga Of Middle-Aged Men And Manlihood

May 26, 2016
Vangelis Mourikis, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Yiorgos Kendros, Sakis Rouvas, Panos Koronis and Efthymis Papadimitriou in "Chevalier." (Courtesy Strand Releasing)

Set aboard a luxury yacht somewhere on the Aegean Sea, Athina Rachel Tsangari’s latest film finds six well-to-do dudes vacationing together, leading to an alpha-male competition with increasingly absurd results.

An Impressively Eclectic Selection At This Year’s Independent Film Festival Boston

April 27, 2016
On Monday night at the Brattle Theatre, the IFFBoston presents a special 20th anniversary screening of the landmark documentary “High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell.” (Courtesy IFFBoston)

Throughout the week, IFFBoston will offer 25 narrative features, 38 documentaries and 50-something shorts. Film critic Sean Burns tells us his picks.

Indie Director Kelly Reichardt’s 1994 ‘River Of Grass’ Comes Out Of The Shadows

March 18, 2016
Larry Fessenden and Lisa Bowman as Lee Ray and Cozy in "River of Grass." (Courtesy Oscilloscope Laboratories)

The re-release of Reichardt’s “River of Grass” — screening at the Brattle this weekend — is a wish-fulfillment fantasy for fans of the filmmaker’s first over-romanticized lovers-on-the-run feature.

All Hail The Coen Brothers — And Their Terrific New Comedy, ‘Hail, Caesar!’

February 08, 2016
George Clooney in "Hail, Caesar!." (Universal Pictures via AP)

The Coen Brothers’ new comedy “Hail, Ceasar!” may have something deeper brewing beneath its slapstick exterior.

William Monahan Revives The Pseudo-Intellectual Alpha Males No One Wanted Back In ‘Mojave’

January 28, 2016
Garrett Hedlund as Thomas in "Mojave." (Courtesy EPK)

Dorchester’s own William Monahan stepped into the director’s chair for “Mojave” — a film that both sends up and embraces every chest-beating trope in that old alpha “He-Man of Letters” tradition.

‘Sex & Death & Venetian Blinds’: The Brattle Revisits ’80s And ’90s Noir

January 05, 2016
Still from Brian de Palma's "Body Double" (Courtesy Brattle Theatre)

Unlucky tough guys, bad news dames, long shadows, convoluted plots and endless cigarettes are in abundance at The Brattle Theatre this month.

With ‘Youth,’ A Film About 2 Men Out Of Ideas, Sorrentino Shows He Certainly Isn’t

December 11, 2015
Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel in "Youth." (Courtesy of Gianni Fiorito/20th Century Fox Film Corporation)

“There’s a reckless energy with which it lunges from one ga-ga visual flourish to another, consistency and coherence be damned,” says movie critic Sean Burns.

Cambridge Brothers On How They Got Into Filmmaking And Their Latest, ‘The Inhabitants’

November 12, 2015
A scene from the Rasmussen's latest film, "The Inhabitants," filmed in the Noyes-Parris House in Wayland. (Courtesy Rasmussen brothers)

The brothers, who recently released “The Inhabitants,” caught the filmmaking bug early, and say they see the industry changing as more and more art-house releases head directly from festivals to video on demand.

IFFBoston’s Fall Focus Gives Us A 5-Night Taste Of Its Expanding Ambitions At The Brattle

October 23, 2015
Qi Shu stars in Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 2015 film, "The Assassin." (Courtesy IFFBoston)

IFFBoston and The Brattle have teamed up to bring five of this upcoming season’s most idiosyncratic and anticipated titles to town for early screenings from Sunday, Oct. 25 through Thursday, Oct. 29.

Harvard Film Archive Reminds Us That ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Is More Than A Dance Contest

September 21, 2015
John Travolta and Karen Gorney dance in a nightclub scene to disco music in the 1977 release of "Saturday Night Fever." (HO/AP)

Behind the white suit and disco dance moves, “Saturday Night Fever” is a mass of grim and gritty themes. The Harvard Film Archive screens the ’70s film Monday night.

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