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Saturday, July 14, 2012
8:50 p.m. Ed Wood
Tim Burton (U.S., 1994)

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21 Jump Street lost its teen idol when Johnny Depp jumped the show for Edward Scissorhands, a role that fit him like a glove. But this restless actor found another role that fit more like a cheap angora sweater when he took on Ed Wood, the biopic of a cross-dressing director of mangled movies. Tim Burton stylishly chronicles Wood’s career as it goes timber in the faint fifties with Ed’s drug-drenched best buddy by his side, none other than Bela Lugosi, vehemently vamped by Martin Landau. Dapper and delirious, Depp is dizzily comic as the ever-optimistic junk peddler who sees a silver lining behind every overcast film.

—Steve Seid

• Written by Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, based on Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood, Jr. by Rudolph Grey. Photographed by Stefan Czapsky. With Johnny Depp, Patricia Arquette, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker. (126 mins, B&W, 35mm, From Buena Vista)