A boy who resurrects his dog through spare parts; a “Tarantinoesque” romp that features Christopher Walken’s deadly eyes; and the volatile frisson in a cult – Critic After Dark Noel Vera takes in Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie; Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master.

Talk about yet another unconscious, instinctive artist, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie (2012) is an expansion of the live-action short of the same name. Presumably Burton had his reasons for turning to stop-motion for the remake: more control over the overall look and the characters’ gestures, a stylization that helps sell the sweet-natured premise (which is arguably too sweet, though Disney deemed the original short too frightening for kids) and, well, stop-motion don’t need no reason – it’s just awesome all its own.

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