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Film Review - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children


The Tim Burton of today isn’t the Tim Burton of yesterday. The once lively helmer of “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” “Beetlejuice,” and “Batman” is now a colder craftsman of quirk, turning to “Alice in Wonderland,” “Dark Shadows,” and “Big Eyes” to keep his career eventful, emerging with varied results. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” seems tailor-made for Burton, presenting a YA playground of the fantastical and the whimsically odd, with plenty of room to explore strange worlds and characters. The Burton of yesterday would’ve swan-dived into the material. The Burton of today can only summon a modicum of interest in what’s intended to be the first step of a franchise, delivering monsters and idiosyncrasy, but only at half-speed. Read the rest at


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