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From 'Big Eyes' to 'Mr. Turner': A look back at artist biopics
From 'Big Eyes' to 'Mr. Turner': A look back at artist biopics

Whether traditional or radical in style, the artist biopic usually comes with an air of cinematic prestige. This awards season, moviegoers and awards voters have two ambitious but very different examples of the genre to ponder. "Mr. Turner" is filmmaker Mike Leigh's in-depth exploration of the last 25 years of the life of artist J.M.W. Turner, and "Big Eyes," the new film by Tim Burton, delves into the life of painter Margaret Keane. Both movies are to open in the U.S. in December and have already played at festivals. "Mr. Turner," which earned Timothy Spall a best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival, takes a panoramic view of the artist's...

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