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TIM BURTON V. DISNEY

  

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

Tim Burton, who began his career working for Disney, is now going head-to-head against the studio’s latest movie this weekend. Who will win the box-office sweepstakes? The smart money is actually on a third film taking the top spot, the true drama “Deepwater Horizon.”

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (PG-13). Tim Burton’s latest fantasy is an adaptation of the 2011 young-adult novel about children with special powers or “peculiarities” that are protected by Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) at her special home. But threatening dark powers are lurking in the form of undead creatures led by Mr. Barron (Samuel L. Jackson). Other stars include Asa Butterfield, Judi Dench and Chris O’Dowd.

“Queen of Katwe” (PG). An impoverished young girl in Uganda sees her world dramatically change when she discovers an aptitude for the game of chess. David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o star in this Disney family film.

“Deepwater Horizon” (PG-13). True disaster story of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich and Kate Hudson.

  

“Greater” (PG). Real-life faith film about Brian Burlsworth, the greatest walk-on in college football, which occured in 1994, though he seemed a less-than-likely candidate, being short and overweight. He was also a devoted Christian and genuinely humble, setting an example for all around him.

“Masterminds” (PG-13). Local filmmaker Jared Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite”) directed this farce — the first time he’s directed a script he didn’t write. Zach Galifianakis stars as a hapless armored-car driver who is talked into pulling a heist by Kristen Wiig and a band of inept thieves led by Owen Wilson. This was made before “Ghostbusters” but teams up three of that film’s stars: Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Jason Sudeikis is also here.

“The Dressmaker” (R). Kate Winslet stars in this wry, dark satire as a glamorous woman who shows up in a rural-outback Australian town circa 1951 as a flamboyant dressmaker, but she’s really there to see her mentally ill mother (Judy Davis) and to exact revenge on those who did her wrong 25 years earlier when she went by a different name. Co-stars include Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving.

“Mia Madre” (R, in Italian with English subtitles). Margherita Buy stars in this Italian melodrama as a filmmaker beginning to question herself as an artist when she is unable to communicate with the cast of her latest movie, especially the Italian-American star (John Turturro). Meanwhile, her personal life is strained as she breaks up with her longtime boyfriend, feels estranged from her daughter and watches over her failing mother in a hospital. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Demon” (R, in Polish with English subtitles). A creepy retelling of the dybbuk, a ghostly figure of Yiddish folklore, that seems to take possession of a young man about to be married at a remote Polish mansion owned by his future wife’s family. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)