director: Tim Burton

Dumbo (2019)

March 29, 2019

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

The Synopsis: A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus. But when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer. The Review: Tim Burton’s Dumbo jumps from animation to live action, yet [...]

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

September 30, 2016
"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" is an imaginative adventure into a world unlike any you've ever seen before. It features the "peculiar" children, who are gifted in unusual ways, which includes a girl who can fly and needs lead shoes to stay earthbound. In addition, there is an [...]

Big Eyes

December 25, 2014
"Big Eyes" is based on a true story and features a strong performance by Amy Adams as Margaret Keane, the woman whose unique style of painting characters with large eyes became hugely popular under her husband Walter's name. Walter (Christoph Waltz) seizes her paintings and ascribes her work to [...]

Frankenweenie

October 5, 2012

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Frankenweenie" is a unique movie which is about a boy's love for his dog and the director's love for classic monster movies. What's not to like? In this film you will recognize moments from "Frankenstein", "Bride of Frankenstein", "Gremlins" and other movies including "Godzilla". One character is [...]

Dark Shadows

May 11, 2012
Which movie should I review? The one which plays it pretty straight for the first forty minutes or so? Or the one which plays on comedic moments because the vampire is close to two hundred years out of his time. The movie focuses on how he reacts to things like paved roads and a McDonald's [...]

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

March 5, 2010

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Here is an adventure for the imagination! Tim Burton's latest film is a stunning visual feast for the eyes. The characters and surroundings are like magnets, drawing the viewer's attention to the screen. Johnny Depp plays the Mad Hatter and makes the character his own with his unique take on the [...]

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

December 21, 2007
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is a musical as well as a gory slasher film, and some people may be surprised to learn that it has lots of singing and music. A few patrons, particularly young males, soon left the early screening I attended and I had the distinct impression the film [...]

Corpse Bride

September 23, 2005

Dove Approved for All Ages

Tim Burton has always lived in a dark world and this is no exception. One is immediately aware that the real world is rather colorless and the corpse world is bright and colorful. However, with that said, Mr. Burton has directed a touching, heartwarming story of love and loss. The kids in the [...]

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

July 15, 2005

Dove Approved for All Ages

I am very, very surprised with Tim Burton and his wonderful new film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." There haven't been many Dove family-approved films that Tim Burton has produced, written or directed. The one that comes to mind that did receive the Dove Seal is "Big Fish." Most of Burton's [...]

Big Fish

December 19, 2003

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Audiences will be charmed and touched by this “Big Fish” who touches the lives of many. Edward’s adventures go from taming a giant to risking his life during WW II to rescue conjoined twins. Parents are cautioned about the language, a brutal beating and nudity in this film. The nudity is not [...]

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