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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Directed by Tim Burton
United Kingdom, United States, 2016
Drama, Fantasy, Horror


Teenager Jacob follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children where he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Directed by Tim Burton
The story gets awfully busy — you may get lost in 1943 or perhaps closer to the present — but it scarcely matters. Mr. Burton’s attention to detail and to the ebb and flow of tone (scary, funny, eerie), as well as his sensitive, gentle work particularly with the child actors, make each new turn another occasion for unfettered imagination.
September 29, 2016
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Green cuts a marvelous figure here as the raven-haired, shape-shifting Miss Peregrine, who smokes a pipe and wields a crossbow with the same deadly sangfroid. The feeling that courses between her and her young charges, much like the affection that binds Jake and Abraham, is understated yet impossible to miss. Sympathy for the misfit is one of Burton’s perennial themes, but it has been a while since he tapped into it with such a genuine and bittersweet sense of solace.
September 29, 2016
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Adapted to the screen by Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class), the movie is engaging at every turn, and there are some winsome performances (from Green especially). Burton has covered similar ground already, but fans will relish this spooky return to form.
September 29, 2016
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