Out in cinemas this week: A vampire tries to adapt himself to how different his family and the world are, and a woman deal with her husband and three years of her life suddenly having never existed.
Dark Shadows (2012)
The trailers have been emphasizing the comedy, which may do the movie a disservice -- perhaps execs at Warners assume that Johnny Depp is so closely associated with the winking drollity of Captain Jack Sparrow that comedy is the only way to market him. Yes, Dark Shadows is a horror comedy, but it's also designed to evoke the measure of the original gothic series, with a striking cast and a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
The story: An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.
Starring: Johnny Depp (Barnabas Collins), Eva Green (Angelique Bouchard), Michelle Pfeiffer (Elizabeth Collins Stoddard), Jonny Lee Miller (Roger Collins), Chloe Grace Moretz (Carolyn Stoddard), Gulliver McGrath (David Collins), Helena Bonham Carter (Dr. Julia Hoffman), Jackie Earle Haley (Willie Loomis), Bella Heathcote (Victoria Winters/Josette duPres), Hannah Murray (Hippie chick), Christopher Lee (Bill Malloy), Thomas McDonell (Young Barnabas Collins), Jonathan Frid (Party Guest), Alice Cooper (Himself), David Selby (Party Guest).
Directed by: Tim Burton.
Lipstick Lies (2012)
A new indie film from writer-director and novelist Eric Norcross, in limited release.
The story: On the last morning of her honeymoon, Allie wakes up and realizes that her husband disappeared, her wedding ring is missing, and her things transformed into other belongings. Her very location changed. She begins to investigate what could have happened but the process is made more difficult by the fact that her family and friends insist that the three years Allie remembers spending with her husband never actually took place.
Starring: Samantha Rivers Cole (Allie), Matthew Krob (Will), Gerard Adimando (Bogart), Donna Ross (Shelly Amyot/William's Mother), Katie Jergens (NYC Landlord), Jamie Boy Norcross (James), Bill Woods (Twitchy).
Directed by: Eric Norcross.