Tim Burton returns to form with 'Big Eyes'

December 25, 2014 8:06 AM

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What a yearning for the past we see in the work of Tim Burton. When he focuses on the future, he creates a movie like his undistinguished "Planet of the Apes" remake. Turn the clock back, however, and his homesick love for antique bubble gum playing cards, sci-fi pulp novels and B-movie horrors hits nostalgia overdrive.

After "Ed Wood," his delightful 1950s biography of America's most dreadful filmmaker, Burton once again offers a true story that scratches the kitsch. "Big Eyes," set in the early '60s, once again salutes ham-and-cheese creativity. It tells the far-fetched but factual story of the past century's wor...

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