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The Burton Binge: “Batman Returns”

This week, Sam debates with a friend about the “Batman” sequel that displays more of director Tim Burton’s sensibilities than the Dark Knight’s. Continue reading

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The Burton Binge: “Edward Scissorhands”

Out of all of Tim Burton’s outsider dramas, this one is easily his most personal, poignant and imaginative. Continue reading

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The Burton Binge: “Batman”

Seamlessly balancing surreal imagery with emotional authenticity, Tim Burton’s first foray into blockbusters set a standard for all comic-book films to follow. Continue reading

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The Burton Binge: “Beetlejuice”

The title character of this film is much like its director, seducing people into walking on the wild side and making the familiar seem strange. Continue reading

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

This Steve Carell vehicle is not a comedy; it’s one of the best romantic dramas in recent memory. Continue reading

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The Burton Binge: “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”

Tim Burton picked a perfect character to anchor his first film, as Pee-wee embodies a directorial debut — a colorful, attention-commanding burst of energy. Continue reading

The Burton Binge: A Boy and His Dog

Sam introduces you to his new weekly column in which he traces Tim Burton’s return to his roots — and hopefully the revival of his career. Continue reading

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Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 8

Unlike the previous seasons of the sharp social satire, this one evokes more affectionate head-shaking than seat-squirming. Continue reading

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Natural Born Killers (1994)

While all of Oliver Stone’s films imaginatively and accurately display the country’s cultural landscape, none are as vivid as this ’90s crime thriller. Continue reading

Yap vs. Yap: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Sam and Evan go toe to toe in a debate tenser than the spy thriller that provoked it. Continue reading

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