Walter Keane’s paintings of big-eyed waifs swept the country in the late 1950s, but while he was out taking the credit, it was his wife Margaret who painted them. Tim Burton looks at this odd story in a disappointingly conventional way.
Clint Eastwood prints the legend in adapting the memoir of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), who racked up 160 confirmed kills while serving four tours of duty in Iraq.
Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s biography about Louis Zamperini, an Olympian who survived tremendous abuse at a Japanese POW camp, Angelina Jolie’s prestige picture is handsomely mounted but unrelentingly dreary.
In this sumptuous yet earthy biopic about early-19th-century painter J.M.W. Turner, Mike Leigh profiles an artist whose personal failings are neither forgiven nor allowed to overwhelm his accomplishments.