Sean Burns

Revisit the maligned but secretly damn fine 'Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me'

“That gum you like is going to come back in style,” announced a dancing, backwards-talking dwarf some 27 years ago on a surreal nighttime network soap opera that somehow managed to pull Super Bowl ratings. David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” captured the country’s...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 2:00 PM

Viggo Mortensen and David Cronenberg freak out the Coolidge this weekend

Though best known for early-career body horror extravaganzas like “Dead Ringers” and “The Fly” or his late period adaptations of unadaptable books (“Naked Lunch,” “Crash” and “Cosmopolis”), there was a brief spell back in the mid-2000s...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 4:15 PM

Catch a flight to Neverland with a flight from Aeronaut

You might not just have had a few too many if you happen to spot Tinkerbell fluttering around the Aeronaut Brewing Co.’s taproom this Sunday afternoon. The Somerville beer-meisters are hosting a special screening of 1924’s silent “Peter Pan” adaptation, with New Hampshire-based accompanist Jeff...

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 4:31 PM

Wicked Queer returns with a thoughtful and thought-provoking lineup

The 33rd annual Wicked Queer: Boston LGBT Film Festival kicks off this weekend and runs through April 9 with more than 120 features and shorts to be screened at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Emerson’s Paramount Center, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Brattle Theatre. Here are just a few...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 5:55 PM

Explore Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski's crazy working relationship at the Coolidge this weekend

The mad, mercurial Klaus Kinski appeared in over 130 films but nobody ever worked with him twice. Nobody except for Werner Herzog, that is. The impossible actor met his match in the fearless filmmaker, collaborating five times on wildly ambitious and insanely perilous projects that could very well...

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 9:47 PM

See 'The Departed' in 35mm this weekend — like you should

Soothe your St. Patrick’s Day hangover or keep the party going with Saturday’s late night 35mm screening of “The Departed” at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.It might be sacrilegious to point out that the definitive Boston Irish mob movie of our era was made by an Italian from Queens, but then Martin...

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 1:16 PM

Four film festivals coming to Boston this spring

There’s nothing some of us love more than spending a lovely spring day inside a dark movie theatre. To local cineastes the annual thaw means the start of Boston’s busy film festival season, and here’s a small sampler of cinematic happenings.It started as an all-night movie marathon and spread out...

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:13 PM

See 'E.T' in 35 mm at Harvard Film Archive's $5 matinee

Renowned for programming the obscure and unpredictable, the Harvard Film Archive (24 Quincy St., Cambridge) isn’t the kind of place you’d expect to go see one of the most popular movies of all time. But this weekend the HFA launches its Saturday Matinee series with an original 35 mm print of Steven...

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 1:47 AM

The Stanley Kubrick experience that became a Boston tradition

The Museum of Fine Arts’ annual Stanley Kubrick retrospective runs for so long and has become such a Boston repertory film tradition it sometimes feels like it’s always going on, or as creepy Delbert Grady says to Jack Torrance in “The Shining” — Saturday’s closing night film — “you’ve always been...

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 5:22 PM

How 'The Crow' inspired the Hot Topic generation

The Coolidge Corner Theatre’s “Comics on Film: The ’90s” series has rolled out some long-forgotten howlers in recent weeks, with late night screenings of everything from Alec Baldwin as “The Shadow” to Dolph Lundgren’s “Punisher,” among the lowlights from a decade that was not particularly kind to...

Friday, February 17, 2017, 5:00 AM

Hopeful romantics, the Brattle is calling

We’re not naming names, but we once heard a story about a Boston film critic who, depressed about being alone on Valentine’s Day, slumped into the Brattle Theatre to go see one of his favorite movies. Unfortunately for our friend, the film was “Casablanca,” of which the Brattle’s annual Valentine’s...

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 8:37 PM

Femme fury and fine art play alongside at the MFA Boston this weekend

Back in the Times Square grindhouses of 1981 nobody ever could have guessed that Abel Ferrara’s “Ms. 45” would one day be exhibited alongside the Monets at the Museum of Fine Arts, but here we are.The bad boy auteur’s symbolically fraught follow up to “The Driller Killer” screens tonight as part of...

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 10:33 PM

The Brattle Theatre presents a weeklong celebration of the occult

The witching hour is upon us at the Brattle Theatre. Beginning tonight, Dead of Winter: Cinema of the Occult is a weeklong celebration of black magic at the movies, offering panel discussions, multimedia presentations and a dozen films depicting dark rituals and necromancy — everything from Kim...

Friday, January 27, 2017, 3:20 PM

'Tower' provides a surreal, sad look at the University of Texas massacre

Combining traditional documentary tropes with experimental animation techniques, director Keith Maitland’s “Tower” is like nothing you’ve seen before. An oral history as a visual poem, the movie expands and collapses time to place the viewer alongside the victims of sniper Charles Whitman’s...

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 11:02 AM

Get a look at our dystopian future with 'The Running Man'

Last week the president-elect of the United States went on Twitter and ridiculed Arnold Schwarzenegger over poor Nielsen ratings for “The Celebrity Apprentice.” In response, the former Governor of California wished the best of luck to our new commander in chief and uploaded a video of himself...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 4:14 PM

'Yoga Hosers' finds Kevin Smith disappearing up his own behind

'Yoga Hosers'Director: Kevin SmithStars: Harley Quinn Smith, Lily-Rose DeppRating:PG-131 Globe (out of 5)It’s been twenty-two years of diminishing returns since Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” exploded out of the Sundance Film Festival with its grubby, brattily hilarious chronicle of arrested development. A...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 8:49 PM

Even for a Princess Di biopic, 'Diana' is overly obsessed with death

Noami Watts' Princess Di snuggles with Naveen Andrews' Hasnat Khan in "Diana."Credit: eOnePublicity‘Diana’ Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel Stars: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews Rating: PG-13 2 (out of 5) GlobesWe begin mere moments before the accident. The camera follows Lady Diana Spencer of Wales...

Thursday, October 31, 2013, 5:05 PM

'The Escape Plan' is comfort food for junk cinema heads

Arnold Schwarzenegger (who's asleep?) and Sly Stallone try to break from prison in "The Escape Plan."Credit: Summit Entertainment'The Escape Plan' Director: Mikael Hafstrom Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger Rating: R 3 (out of 5) GlobesFeeling like an unearthed relic from the VHS...

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 4:17 PM

The young generation gets a crappy 'Romeo and Juliet' of their own

Hailee Stanfield and Douglas Booth try to be Claire Danes and Leo DiCaprio in "Romeo and Juliet."Credit: Relativity Media'Romeo and Juliet' Director: Carlo Carlei Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth Rating: PG-13 2 (out of 5) GlobesOf use primarily as a future classroom time-killer for teachers...

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 9:03 PM

Paula Patton seeks both independence and a man in 'Baggage Claim'

Paula Patton (center) travels all over the country to meet exes in "Baggage Claim."Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures'Baggage Claim' Director: David E. Talbert Stars: Paula Patton, Derek Luke Rating: PG-13 2 (out of 5) GlobesLike madman mogul Tyler Perry, David E. Talbert became a phenomenon...

Thursday, September 26, 2013, 5:54 PM