'Big Eyes' holds back on the strangeness, and in so doing, holds back on the individuality. It is altogether watchable in the same way that most boring prestige pictures are. But it is far cry from the best that Burton has given us so far.
Apart from the makeup effects, it does feel as though the movie is just going through the motions of an obsolete genre of film.
'Focus' ends up losing sight of its best qualities, the slick filmmaking squandered on a story that take attention away from all the criminal trickery.
The film over-invests in its own cleverness, trying way too hard to sell us on the idea of a relationship that just isn’t any good on paper.
It is just standard horror nonsense strung together in the rough shape of a movie.
In spite of its formidable charms, this film ends up feeling bipolar; the only logical result of a system that only churns out a few kinds of pictures.
The movie is devoid of any new ideas, and largely plays out as a bunch of pointless conversations between uninteresting characters. It is unbearably boring.
'Predestination' takes time travel logic to its farthest extremes, testing the very limits of causality with a deliciously wacky story that explores solitude in new and confounding ways.
The film takes the perspective of its source material, which means that much of the story is told from the perspective of Jane rather than Stephen.
The Last Five Years begins with an ending.