Frankenweenie (2012)

Starring: Charlie Tahan, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Winona Ryder, Martin Landau Directed by: Tim Burton PG. 90 mins An inventive and endearing comeback for Mr. Burton. After young Victor Frankenstein loses his dog Sparky in a car accident he grows lonely but soon realizes that he might be able to bring his dog back using…

Black Swan (2010)

Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Benjamin Millepied Directed by: Darren Aronofsky R. 108 mins It’s a beautiful and sexy nightmare bolstered by Portman’s committed performance. She plays Nina, a determined ballerina who has finally earned the role as swan queen. As she practices harder and harder, the role seems…

Lost Souls (2000)

Starring: Winona Ryder, Ben Chaplin, Sarah Wynter, Philip Baker Hall, John Hurt, Elias Koteas Directed by: Janusz Kaminski R. 103 mins Completely void of any engaging characters or thrilling plot devices, Lost Souls is a well-photographed but ultimately anticlimactic mess. As a child, Maya (Winona Ryder) was possessed by a demon. Now, a devout Catholic,…

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Starring: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy, Clea Duvall, Elisabeth Moss, Whoopi Goldberg, Jared Leto Directed by: James Mangold R. 127 mins More of a character study than an accurate portrayal of mental illness or the 1960s for that matter. Based on Susanna Kaysen’s series of journal entries detailing her stay in a mental institution…

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…

Heathers (1988)

Starring: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Kim Walker, Shannon Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Penelope Milford, Glenn Shadix Directed by: Michael Lehmann R. 102 mins A subversive and incredibly smart black comedy that paved the road for all teen comedies afterwards. Set in an Ohio high school where a group of girls known as The Heathers rule with…

Beetlejuice (1988)

Starring: Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder Directed by: Tim Burton PG. 93mins. If you’re wondering what all the hub-ub is about Tim Burton these days (because let’s face it, there has been a downward spiral), Beetlejuice is his classic dark comedy that simply cannot be topped. Propelling the…