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Michael Moore's Latest Doc Sticks it to 'the Rich' ... Sort Ofnew

Capitalism filled me with a sensation that's previously been foreign to the Michael Moore viewing experience: boredom. It's longer, sloppier and less interesting than his usual demagoguery.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Sean Burns  |  10-05-2009  |  Reviews

'The Informant!' Feels like Michael Mann's 'The Insider' Remade as a Blake Edwards Farcenew

One could conceivably see this story being played straight in other hands -- or even in Soderbergh's hands, for that matter. But the insanely prolific filmmaker is on his fourth movie in the past 10 months, and he obviously just felt like goofing around this week.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Sean Burns  |  09-21-2009  |  Reviews

'Towelhead': As Classy as Its Titlenew

Based on the acclaimed novel by Alicia Erian, the movie desperately wants to be pushy and transgressive. But it's so airless and devoid of empathy for its subjects the whole film seems to take place inside a hermetically sealed bubble of smugness.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Sean Burns  |  09-22-2008  |  Reviews

The Interconnected Humanity of 'The Edge of Heaven' Edges on Clichenew

Is it just me, or is "the inevitable, tragic interconnectedness of all humankind" currently in danger of replacing "wise-cracking hitmen" as the most overworked arthouse cliche of our time?
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Sean Burns  |  08-04-2008  |  Reviews

'Zombie Strippers' Lives Down to Its Namenew

Writer/director Jay Lee's Zombie Strippers is a fascinating whatzit, and presumably the first cheeseball boobie-filled gore-fest ever to be based on a Eugene Ionesco play.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Sean Burns  |  04-28-2008  |  Reviews

Shooting the President's Never Been So Boringnew

Temporal gimmicks aren't exactly an innovation in the world of motion pictures, but nobody told the makers of the crummy, incredibly annoying Vantage Point.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Sean Burns  |  02-25-2008  |  Reviews

'In Bruges': Limbo Shticknew

The film is a delightful mixture of the sacred and profane.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Sean Burns  |  02-19-2008  |  Reviews

Against Blood Typenew

There Will Be Blood marks a sharp change of pace for writer/director P.T. Anderson, the most prodigiously gifted and brashly confident of Hollywood's young hotshots.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Sean Burns  |  01-02-2008  |  Reviews

Big Studios to Oscar: 'Love Me'new

It's getting to be that time of year again, when vast amounts of magazine space and precious internet bandwidth are consumed by laughably early Oscar picks and predictions.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Sean Burns  |  11-19-2007  |  Movies

Great Scottnew

Ridley's latest is rote and derivative -- and one of his best films in years.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Sean Burns  |  11-05-2007  |  Reviews

'Dan in Real Life' is a Bit Too Rosy for the Real Worldnew

It isn't crap, but it's about as pleasant as a movie can get without actually being any good.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Sean Burns  |  10-29-2007  |  Reviews

Jake Gyllenhaal: Luckiest Kid in Showbiznew

This mousy medium-talent keeps inexplicably landing plum roles in one high-profile picture after another, always adequate but never exceptional. About halfway through Rendition, I decided that maybe I've been wrong about Jake all along -- maybe he really is terrible.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Sean Burns  |  10-22-2007  |  Reviews

'Friday Night Lights' Remains Grounded in the Everydaynew

The best show you didn't watch last year, this ratings-challenged small-screen adaptation of Buzz Bissinger's book zeroes in on dashed hopes and broken dreams in the town of Dillon, Texas -- where high school football is the be-all and end-all and about the only way most folks can muddle through.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Sean Burns  |  10-09-2007  |  Movies

MySpace Banks on Webisodesnew

With rival Facebook snapping at the heels of the Rupert Murdoch-owned social networking site, the awesomest waste of time in the history of the internet has recently begun throwing a small fortune into an attempted makeover.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Sean Burns  |  09-25-2007  |  Tech

Crazed Man vs. Machinenew

The hilarious The King of Kong features a passionate niche of classic arcade gaming buffs who fanatically guard their records and protect their heroes with a zealotry that would probably be terrifying, were it not so damn funny.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Sean Burns  |  09-10-2007  |  Reviews

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