In Tim Burton’s campy reboot of the old horror soap opera “Dark Shadows,” it’s 1972, vampire patriarch Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) has just returned after 200 years of imprisonment, and a huge celebratory concert is scheduled.
To headline, a teenage descendant suggests the hottest act of the era, shock-rocker Alice Cooper – leading to some hilarious gags: Upon first spying the androgynous star onstage, Barnabas shudders, “Ugliest woman I’ve ever seen!” Read More
Easily his best movie since “Big Fish,” Tim Burton’s black-and-white, stop-motion animated “Frankenweenie” does not represent a new idea.
“Frankenweenie” already is a live-action short film, which Burton made while working at Disney in 1984. Read More
With a rich, luxurious stage set and props in place, director Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” could have been one of his best movies — but it’s not.Based on the beloved cult soap opera on TV from 1966-1971, “Dark Shadows” is Burton’s deepest foray into tormented romance since “Edward Scissorhands.” Read More
It seems like the perfect marriage. On one hand, you have Lewis Carroll’s surreal fantasy, “Alice in Wonderland,” about a girl trapped in a topsy-turvy world of mad hatters, Cheshire cats and nattily dressed white rabbits. Read More