Movies with music written by Danny Elfman

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Chicago

Once upon a time, a Broadway musical like Chicago would have automatically received a silver screen treatment – but that was before the popularity of the movie musical crashed and burned. Nevertheless, the enthusiasm surrounding the 1996 revival...

Run Time: 1:52
U.S. Release Date: 2002-12-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Situations, Profanity)
Genre: MUSICAL
Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, ...
Circle, The

Thematically, James Ponsoldt’s The Circle (based on the novel by Dave Eggers) takes its cues from George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Grand aspirations, to be sure, and ones that are never truly met. From its beginn...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2017-04-28
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: James Ponsoldt
Cast: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, ...
Civil Action, A

Let me begin this review by stating that I am weary of courtroom dramas. This is in large part because of John Grisham, whose popularity has encouraged screenwriters exploring this genre to fall into familiar, predictable patterns. Seen in retros...

Run Time: 1:52
U.S. Release Date: 1998-12-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Steven Zaillian
Cast: John Travolta, Stephen Fry, Kathleen Quinlan, ...
Corpse Bride

Note: I suppose the official title of the movie is Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, presumably to distinguish it from William Shakepeare's Corpse Bride or Jane Austen's Corpse Bride. The wordiness seems silly so, for the purposes of this review, the fil...

Run Time: 1:18
U.S. Release Date: 2005-09-16
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Nothing Objectionable)
Genre: ANIMATED
Director: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson
Cast: (voices) Johnny Depp, Michael Gough, Jane Horrocks, ...
Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows is a mess, and it's unclear whether its bizarre recipe of comedy, campy horror, and gothic melodrama will satisfy anyone, regardless of their familiarity with the source material. By attempting to be too faithful to Dan Curtis' cult TV...

Run Time: 1:53
U.S. Release Date: 2012-05-11
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: COMEDY/HORROR
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Johnny Depp, Christopher Lee, Chloe Grace Moretz, ...
Dumbo

Dumbo is a perfectly adequate family film. While that may seem like damning with faint praise, keep in mind that this movie was never considered to be among Disney’s 2019 big guns. It fills a niche and does so nicely with a style and approac...

Run Time: 1:52
U.S. Release Date: 2019-03-29
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Adventure/Fantasy
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, ...
Epic

Generic and forgettable - those are the two words that immediately come to mind to describe Chris Wedge's first solo outing as an animated feature film director. (With Carlos Saldanha, he created Ice Age). What makes matters worse is that Epic isn'...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2013-05-24
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: ANIMATED
Director: Chris Wedge
Cast: (voices) Amanda Seyfried, Jason Sudeikis, Josh Hutcherson, ...
Fifty Shades Darker

It is, as they say, what it is. Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to the critically panned but fan-loved Fifty Shades of Grey, will likely satisfy those who liked the first film (or the books upon which the movies are based) while distancing everyone e...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2017-02-10
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Romance
Director: James Foley
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, ...
Fifty Shades Freed

Spoiler alert: There’s a spoiler in paragraph #4. Is it a big deal? Depends on how deeply you’re invested in these characters and whether you’ve read the books. It’s there but it won’t ruin the movie if you inadvertently read it. Alt...

Run Time: 1:41
U.S. Release Date: 2018-02-09
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity, Violence)
Genre: Drama/Romance
Director: James Foley
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, ...
Fifty Shades of Grey

Who would have imagined that a movie about sex could be so boring? That's the bottom line when it comes to Fifty Shades of Grey, although I'm perfectly willing to admit that this could be one of those films where the "Men are from Mars, ...

Run Time: 2:05
U.S. Release Date: 2015-02-13
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: ROMANCE/DRAMA
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan