LRA writes: What was the last good movie that Tim Burton actually made? That was the question running through my head as I purchased my tickets for his latest venture with his long time compatriot, Johnny Depp. Looking back over the past decade reminded me of why I have lost faith in the once inventive director. For me it all started when he went down the path of the remake or re-imagining (a term he coined I do believe) with films like Planet of the Apes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the most recent one being, besides the focal point of this review anyways, the dismal Alice in Wonderland. Despite them all being financial successes (only one of them without the charms of Depp), they were all pretty horrible in their own ways. There were only two of his more recent films I could recall that I held no animosity towards, which was Big Fish (which I have never seen so I cannot really comment on) and Sweeney Todd which was a rather enjoyable adaptation of the Broadway play (despite the questionable vocal talents of its cast). This time around I was cautiously optimistic about it, he had a solid cast full of some of his usual go-to actors and a stable of newcomers as well. But alas, this was never meant to be, for Dark Shadows is just a sad reminder of a director who once could do no wrong but now can't seem to get anything right.