A busy weekend in local theaters includes three very different kinds of fact-based stories, plus director Tim Burton adapting young-adult fantasy.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
(pictured) finds Burton taming his broadest tendencies in service of a way-too-familiar fantasy concept. The inspirational true story of The Queen of Katwe
shines its authenticity through the Disney-approved gloss. Director Jared Hess's fondness for deadpan grotesquerie gets in the way of a terrific cast in the comedy Masterminds
. Long-hidden secrets refuse to stay buried in the thorny, intriguing Polish supernatural drama Demon
. Nanni Moretti's Mia Madre
finds the tale of an emotionally troubled movie director tangled up in distracting farce.
MaryAnn Johanson praises the uniquely female-gaze vengeance narrative at the heart of The Dressmaker
In this week's feature review, disaster-movie tropes feel like an awkward fit for the real-world tragedy of Deepwater Horizon