‘Dark Shadows’: What the heck was the point?
Johnny Depp stars in “Dark Shadows.”
- ‘Dark Shadows’
★ 1/2 (out of four)
2012, Dir. Tim Burton, U.S., PG-13
"Dark Shadows" is rated PG-13 for violence, profanity, sexual situations and mild drug use.
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Director: Barry Sonnenfeld.
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Genre: Comedy, action.
Director: Wes Anderson.
Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward.
The plot: A pair of young lovers flee their New Englad town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.
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“The Hunger Games”
I enjoy exploitation as much as the next red-blooded American, but if I’m gonna wallow, I gotta wallow in style. Unfortunately, “The Hunger Games” is devoid of such style, with Ross preferring constant and inexplicable close-up shots, even in the most inappropriate moments. The action scenes (which come at a brisk clip once the maddeningly detailed expository scenes are through) are incoherent blurs of motion — somewhat understandable, given the difficulty inherent to depicting 12-year-olds being wantonly butchered, but still presumably avoidable with a competent artist in the director’s chair.
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 7:34 am
Updated: 8:47 am, Fri May 18, 2012.
It seems that the light of summer has already begun to dim. The very worthwhile “The Avengers” continues to dominate the global box office, and will for some time, but the release schedule for the coming month or so is a tad worrisome.
This week we’ll look at Tim Burton’s predictably awful “Dark Shadows” adaptation, but the negativity will hopefully be cushioned by a brief discussion of the Greatest Films of All Time (see below).
Friday, May 18, 2012 7:34 am.
Updated: 8:47 am.