By: Tom DotyTimes Columnist
October 3, 2012
One major release teamed up with two smaller features to offer a good blend of entertainment options for this week.
“Dark Shadows” — Tim Burton and Johnny Depp reteam for this update of the 1970s television serial that became a cult smash. Depp plays the title role of Barnabas Collins, who is cursed by a witch in the 1700s for playing with her affections. He returns to his Collingswood Mansion 200 years later to find his descendants in dire straits. This pays homage to the series (many of the original cast have cameos) and throws in some “fish out of water” comedy, with Depp adjusting to the swinging 1970s. Diehard fans may not appreciate the humor, but it does a nice job of saluting the original material, as well as the decade that spawned it. Look for cameos from Alice Cooper and Christopher Lee.
“Six Million Dollar Man: Season 2” — Lee Majors is back as the bionic man for this second season. The action is good and it is played mostly straight. The highlight is the two-part episode that introduces Jamie Summers (Lindsay Wagner’s debut as the Bionic Woman).
“Iron Sky” — Imaginative science fiction that proposes that Nazis founded a moon base during World War II. The story finds the inhabitants getting ready to retake the earth. Fun and all over the place, with a nice role for German character actor Udo (Andy Warhol’s “Frankenstein”) Keir.
“Red Lights” — A pair of psychic investigators target a ghost hunter with the intention of proving him a charlatan in this spooky drama. This is one of those rare films that entertains and thrills, but doesn’t make any effort to spoonfeed the audience. Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy (Scarecrow from the “Dark Knight” films) are quite good as the team, but they meet their match in Robert DeNiro as their target.
Next week brings Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus.”