Big Eyes

Director Tim Burton finds his dream subject: husband and wife Walter and Margaret Keane, whose paintings of saucer-eyed waifs and tearful clowns were the kitsch hit of the '60s. He claimed the images were his, but she really made them, locked away in a studio like some Grimm Brothers unfortunate. Christoph Waltz and a great Amy Adams bring the couple to life in this wondrously strange true story about art, heartbreak, and intellectual property theft.

PG-13

Birdman Michael Keaton is a faded Hollywood star trying to reclaim his career by mounting a Broadway drama in Alejandro G. Iñárritu's fierce, breathless, innovative film. With Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts. An exhilarating, out-of-the-blue masterwork. R

The Imitation Game A gripping story, a sad story, a true story about British mathematician Alan Turing, who led the team of Brits during World War II trying to crack the Germans' daunting Enigma encryption machine. Secretly gay, this unsung hero's life was brought to a grievous conclusion. Benedict Cumberbatch stars (another remarkable performance), with Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, and Mark Strong. PG-13