Dark Shadows (2012) – Review

3 Stars

Dark Shadows is Tim Burton’s strongest work in nearly a decade. After stumbling mightily, in recent years with the awful Willy Wonka and Alice in Wonderland, Burton has resurrected his career and macabre like storytelling. Much has been made of the seemingly endless stream of collaborations between director and star over the last 20 years but Dark Shadows is the best product the two have spit out in quite some time. The screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith nimbly moves from the 1700s to 1970 with all the expected counter-culture references and even some very amusing moments regarding societal changes. Once again Depp shows his talent for light physical comedy and is right at home playing the outsider, this time a 200-year-old vampire.
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People Like Us: Trailer

Trailer for People Like Us.

From DreamWorks Pictures comes People Like Us, a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine as Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father’s estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father’s last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie whom he never knew about (Elizabeth Banks). As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about this family–and re-examine his own life choices in the process.

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Sinbad- Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

A minor but attractive animated feature from DreamWorks studios, featuring an all star cast headlined by Brad Pitt and Catherin Zeta Jones. Overlooked at the time of its theatrical release and unfairly compared to ‘Finding Nemo’ which premiered just a few weeks before, this brief and highly enjoyable adventure tale is likely to amuse parents and kids alike. The story focuses on the plight of Sinbad to rescue a magical book that has been stolen by the evil goddess aries. If he doesn’t return with the book in hand within ten days his childhood friend will face the guillotine. The high-tech production fuses hand-drawn animation and CGI effects to create an impressive look, the story involves a trio of creative characters, yet the screenplay by OSCAR winner John Logan(Gladiator,Any Given Sunday) is essentially banal.
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Batman Returns (1992) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

The second and best of the 1989-1997 Batman series. This outing would mark Burton’s last effort as director, though he would stick around to produce the follow up, 1995’s Batman Forever. Set during the holiday season and center on the emergence of two super-villains in Gotham, Cat-woman and The Penguin. This visually stunning film is just as dark as the first picture but plays a bit looser. As if Burton and star Michael Keaton (suiting up for the last time) had both grown comfortable after the mammoth success of the previous film. Continue reading Batman Returns (1992) – Review