Johnny Depp as Barnabus Collins in a scene from the motion picture "Dark Shadows." Photo by Peter Mountain, Warner Bros. Pictures [Via MerlinFTP Drop]
(Photo: Peter Mountain, Warner Bros. Pictures)
Steve Jones, USA TODAY
2012, Warner Bros., PG-13, $29; DVD+Blu-ray, $36
Wealthy 18th-century playboy Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) is turned into a vampire and buried alive by a jilted lover/witch. He awakens 200 years later to find his family's once lavish estate in ruin and occupied by dysfunctional descendants. He has to adjust to a new world.
USA TODAY movie critic Claudia Puig says **½ out of four: "The film's strength lies in the juxtaposition of director Tim Burton's Gothic world with '70s pop culture references such as lava lamps and the music of the Carpenters."
People Like Us
2012, DreamWorks, PG-13, $30; DVD+Blu-ray, $40
A corporate salesman (Chris Pine) in trouble with the feds, reluctantly tries to fulfill his estranged father's final wishes. In the process, he has to reconnect with family. He finds he has a half-sister (Elizabeth Banks) he never knew and begins to reexamine his life's choices. Puig: **
Peace, Love & Misunderstanding
2012, IFC Films, R, $25; Blu-ray, $30
Manhattan lawyer Diane (Catherine Keener) hasn't talked to her hippie mother (Jane Fonda) in 20 years. But when Diane's husband asks for a divorce, she heads upstate to Woodstock with her son and daughter where they meet their radical grandmother for the first time.
2012, Millennium Films, R, $29; Blu-ray, $30
A paranormal researcher (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant (Cillian Murphy) expose charlatans claiming to have supernatural abilities. But when a legendary psychic's (Robert De Niro) re-emergence is followed by the death of his boss, the assistant becomes obsessed with proving him to be a phony. Puig: **