Dark Shadows (2012)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, Gulliver McGrath, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Christopher Lee, Alice Cooper Directed by: Tim Burton PG-13. 113 mins Delightfully dark visuals can’t save this campy vampire tale which proves once and for all that Depp + Burton doesn’t always =…

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Keith Richards Directed by: Rob Marshall PG-13. 137 mins Well, the verdict is in: Johnny Depp is no longer an actor, he is a persona. On Stranger Tides is an entirely forgettable sequel flooded with juvenile slapstick humour. In the fourth instalment to the bloated series, Jack Sparrow…

The Tourist (2010)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Rufus Sewell Directed by: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck PG-13. 103mins. Disappointing. The premise is an American tourist (Johnny Depp) meets a mysterious beauty (Angelina Jolie). She involves him in a world of espionage while they travel throughout Europe trying to escape those who want them dead. Their…

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Matt Lucas, Crispin Glover Directed by: Tim Burton PG. 109 mins In his attempt to transform Lewis Carroll’s beloved and nonsensical adventure into a kid-friendly Disney tale, he robs us of all the magic and heart – despite some splendid visuals. Mia Wasikowska charms as…

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Geoffrey Rush, Yun-Fat Chow, Stellan Skarsgård, Jack Davenport, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Keith Richards Directed by: Gore Verbinski PG-13. 169 mins Devoid of any emotional connection or comprehensible plot, the third in this rollicking series is terribly pointless outside of the predictably flashy action sequences. With Jack Sparrow…

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Geoffrey Rush, Stellan Skarsgård, Jack Davenport, Naomie Harris Directed by: Gore Verbinski PG-13. 151 mins An escapist sequel with mind-blowing effects and an unfortunate onslaught of worn-out gags. Here we see Will and Elizabeth (Orlando Bloom & Keira Knightley) about to exchange their wedding vows when Jack Sparrow…

Corpse Bride (2005)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Albert Finney, Richard E. Grant Directed by: Tim Burton & Mike Johnson PG. 76mins. Good, but nothing new from Mr. Burton. Gloomy and macabre, there is a very touching and sweet side to this unconventional romance. It’s 19th century Europe and Victor (Johnny Depp) has pledged to…

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Missi Pyle, Christopher Lee, Helena Bonham-Carter, Noah Taylor Directed by: Tim Burton PG. 130mins. A worthy remake of the classic story, Depp’s performance is outrageous, to say the least. As always, I am reminded that Burton is more stylist than storyteller but hey, it’s good creepy fun. The…

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport, Kevin McNally Directed by: Gore Verbinski PG-13. 143 mins An overlong swashbuckling adventure that explodes with special effects and a memorable performance from Johnny Depp. Gore Versinski (The Ring, Rango) directs this film which, not surprisingly, is based on a Disneyland ride. It tells…

Chocolat (2000)

Starring: Juliette Binoche, Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss, Judi Dench, Lena Olin, Johnny Depp, Peter Stormare Directed by: Lasse Hallström PG-13. 121mins. Charming and contains all the whimsy that one associates with the French, Chocolat is predictable fantasy with some serious undertones. Based on the novel by Joanne Harris, the film stars Juliette Binoche as Vianne, a…

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Jeffrey Jones, Michael Gough, Marc Pickering, Richard Griffiths, Christopher Lee, Casper Van Dien, Christopher Walken Directed by: Tim Burton R. 105 mins Filled with chills, thrills and a wee bit of romance for good measure, Sleepy Hollow is one of Burton’s most artistic live-action films. In…

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Alan Arkin, Kathy Baker, Anthony Michael Hall, Conchata Ferrell, Vincent Price Directed by: Tim Burton PG-13. 100 mins The first (and best) collaboration between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, Edward Scissorhands is a modern day gothic fairytale for all. Johnny Depp plays Edward, a man built by a…