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'Big Eyes' shows its colors too early

'Big Eyes' shows its colors too early

2 stars (out of four) It’s not easy to re-create an era onscreen. I didn’t live through the 1950s; I know that it was not a high point for attitudes toward women, but not the many ways in which that attitude infected society. There’s a certain incompleteness to the way director Tim Burton, taking a much-needed break from weirdness that’s become shtick, depicts the small-minded perceptions that inspired the true story of “Big Eyes.” Other than a couple of people mentioning how few take female artists seriously, and a priest reminding Margaret (Amy Adams) that the man is the head of the household, this feels like a period vaguely established for basic...

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