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Christoph Waltz
Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes' feels too paint-by-numbers
Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes' feels too paint-by-numbers

Whether leaving his mark with the bizarre yet sweet sentimentality of "Edward Scissorhands" and "Beetlejuice," the brilliant Oscar-nominated stop-motion animation of "Frankenweenie" and "Corpse Bride," or the brashness of his "Batman" reboots, Tim Burton has always been one of film's boldest visionaries. Except when it comes to women. Unless they are of the brazen, animated variety, Burton's female characters are generally less compelling than one might expect from the director whose unconventional imagination has delighted in countless wonderfully weird tales. With flesh-and-blood "shes" center stage, he hesitates. As...