In the year 1750, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from England to start a new life in America, where they build a fishing empire in the coastal Maine town that comes to carry their name: Collinsport. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy ... until he makes the grave mistake of falling in love with a beauty named Josette DuPres (Bella Heathcote) and breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death -- turning him into a vampire, and then burying him ... alive. Nearly two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972, a stranger in an even stranger time. Returning to Collinwood Manor, he finds that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin, and the dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. A tongue-in-cheek take on the 1960s TV soap opera.
Vitals: Director: Tim Burton. Stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, Gully McGrath, Ray Shirley.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 113 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $77.268 million, Warner.
People Like Us
Sam (Chris Pine) is a twentysomething, 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 (Elizabeth Banks) whom he never knew about. As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about his family -- and re-examine his own life choices in the process.
Vitals: Director: Alex Kurtzman. Stars: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 113 min., Drama Comedy, Box office gross: $12.412 million, DreamWorks.
A Cat in Paris
From directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol and France's renowned Folimage animation studio, "A Cat In Paris" is a beautifully hand-drawn caper set in the shadow-drenched alleyways of Paris. Dino is a cat that leads a double life. By day he lives with Zoe, a little girl whose mother is a detective in the Parisian police force. But at night he sneaks out the window to work with Nico, a slinky cat burglar with a big heart, whose fluid movements are poetry in motion as he slips and swishes from rooftop to rooftop across the Paris skyline. The cat's two worlds collide when young Zoe decides to follow Dino on his nocturnal adventures – and falls into the hands of Victor Costa, a blustery gangster planning the theft of a rare statue. Now cat and cat burglar must team up to save Zoe from the bumbling thieves, leading to a thrilling acrobatic finale on top of Notre Dame.
Vitals: Director: Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol. U.S. version voices: JB Blanc, Steve Blum, Marcia Gay Harden, Matthew Modine, Anjelica Huston.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 70 min., Animated, Box office gross: $.287 million, Cinedigm Entertainment Group.
Archeologist couple Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) discover a star map that they interpret as an invitation from humanity's forerunners, the "Engineers." Determined to find out more about them, the couple boards the scientific vessel Prometheus, created and funded by Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), CEO of Weyland Corporation. Lead by mission director Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) and monitored by Weyland's android David (Michael Fassbender), the team of explorers find a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth and embark on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe where they fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Vitals: Director: Ridley Scott. Stars: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Ben Foster, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Guy Pearce, Lance Henriksen, Sean Harris, Benedict Wong, Rafe Spall, Kate Dick.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: R, 124 min., Scince Fiction, Box office gross: $125.826 million, Fox.
Rock of Ages
The story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake and more.
Vitals: Director: Adam Shankman. Stars: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cranston, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Kevin Nash, Will Forte.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 123 min., Music Drama, Box office gross: $38.509 million, Warner.
When a mother and daughter are found viciously murdered in 19th-century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper -- part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social outcast Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack). But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly killing occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues as the pair races to stop a madman from turning every one of the author's shocking stories into blood-curdling reality. When Poe's love, Emily (Alice Eve), becomes the killer's next target, the stakes are raised even higher and he must call on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it's too late.
Vitals: Director: James McTeigue. Stars: John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson, Pam Ferris, Kevin R. McNally, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Dave Legeno, Jimmy Yuill.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: R, 110 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $16.008 million, Relativity.
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, "Moonrise Kingdom" follows two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore -- and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way.
Vitals: Director: Wes Anderson. Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban. 2011, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 94 min., Comedy Drama, Box office gross: $40.779 million, Universal.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent -- Madagascar style.
Vitals: Director: Eric Darnell, Conrad Vernon. Stars: Voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jessica Chastain, Martin Short, Bryan Cranston, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric The Entertainer, Andy Richter, Frances McDormand.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 93 min., Animated, Box office gross: $211.686 million, DreamWorks/Paramount.
A group of six young tourists, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an "extreme tour" guide. Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago. After a brief exploration of the abandoned city, however, the group soon finds themselves stranded, only to discover that they are not alone.
Vitals: Director: Bradley Parker. Stars: Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Phillips, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Devin Kelley, Dimitri Diatchenkoie.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: R, 86 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $18.112 million, Warner.
That's My Boy
While still in his teens, Donny (Adam Sandler) fathered a son, Todd (Andy Samberg), and raised him as a single parent up until Todd's 18th birthday. Now, after not seeing each other for years, Todd's world comes crashing down on the eve of his wedding when an uninvited Donny suddenly shows up. Trying desperately to reconnect with his son, Donny is now forced to deal with the repercussions of his bad parenting skills.
Vitals: Director: Sean Anders. Stars: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, James Caan, Susan Sarandon, Milo Ventimiglia.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: R, 116 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $36.931 million, Sony.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Set in a too-near future when the world is coming to an end, the movie explores what people will do when humanity's last days are at hand. A 70-mile-wide asteroid is en route to Earth, and the last best attempt to counter it has failed. Also failing is the marriage of soft-spoken insurance salesman Dodge (Steve Carell); the breaking news that the world will end in an estimated 21 days cues his wife to leave him on the spot. Dodge is a man who has always played by the rules of life, while his neighbor Penny (Keira Knightley) is an extroverted woman who hasn't. When a riot breaks out around their apartment building, Dodge realizes that he must seek an old flame before it's too late while Penny makes the decision to spend her last days with family in England. On the road together, the unlikely traveling companions' respective personal journeys accelerate, and their outlooks -- if not the world's -- brighten. Vitals: Director: Lorene Scafaria. Stars: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Connie Britton, Melanie Lynskey, T.J. Miller, Adam Brody, Gillian Jacobs, Patton Oswalt, William Petersen, Derek Luke, Rob Corddry, Melinda Dillon.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: R, 101 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $3.822 million, Universal.
The hot headliner in an all-male revue, Magic Mike (Channing Tatum) has been rocking the stage at Club Xquisite for years with his original style and over-the-top dance moves. The more the ladies love him, the more they spend, and the happier that makes club owner Dallas (Matthew McConaughey). Seeing potential in a guy he calls the Kid (Alex Pettyfer), Mike takes the 19-year-old under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of dancing, partying, picking up women and making easy money. It's not long before the club's newest act has fans of his own, as the summer opens up to a world of fun, friendship and good times. Meanwhile, Mike meets the Kid's captivating sister, Brooke (Cody Horn). She's definitely someone he'd like to know a lot better, and it looks like he has a chance ... until his lifestyle gets in the way. Based on Tatum's life before he became a movie star.
Vitals: Director: Steven Soderbergh. Stars: Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Joe Mangianello, Olivia Munn, Riley Keough, Cody Horn, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: R, 110 min., Comedy Drama, Box office gross: $112.238 million, Warner.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
President Lincoln's mother was killed by a supernatural creature, an event that fueled his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers. This is the story of the secret life of our nation's favorite president ... as history's greatest hunter of the undead. Lincoln wrote in one of his journals, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose ..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Lincoln set out on a path of vengeance that led him all the way to the White House. And while Lincoln is widely lauded for saving the Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years.
Vitals: Director: Timur Bekmambetov. Stars: Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Dominic Cooper, Alan Tudyk, Anthony Mackie, Rufus Sewell, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, John Rothman, Erin Wasson, Cameron M. Brown.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: R, 105 min., Horror, Box office gross: $37.498 million, Fox.
Madea's Witness Protection
For years, George Needleman, the gentle CFO of a Wall Street investment bank, has been living with his head in the clouds. His frustrated second wife, Kate, has reached her limit taking care of his senile mother, Barbara. His teenage daughter, Cindy, is spoiled beyond hope and his 7-year-old son, Howie, wishes his father were around more. But George is finally forced to wake up when he learns that his firm, Lockwise Industries, has been operating a mob-backed Ponzi scheme -- and that he's been set up as the fall guy. Facing criminal charges and death threats from the mob, George and his entire family are put under witness protection in the safest place that a federal prosecutor from Atlanta, can think of ... His Aunt Madea's house down South.
Vitals: Director: Tyler Perry. Stars: Tyler Perry, Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, Doris Roberts, Romeo Miller, Tom Arnold, John Amos, Marla Gibbs (voice).
2012, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 114 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $64.742 million, Lionsgate.
From the directors of "Little Miss Sunshine" comes this intelligent, thoughtful and thoroughly delightful romantic comedy; it's written by (and co-stars) Zoe Kazan, the 29-year-old granddaughter of Elia Kazan. Struggling with writer's block and a lackluster love life, once-famous novelist Calvin (Paul Dano) creates a beautiful fictitious character named Ruby (Kazan) who inspires him. But not only does this bring his work to life -- it also brings Ruby to life -- literally! Face-to-face with an actual relationship with his once virtual girlfriend, Calvin must now decide whether to pen this love story or let it write itself.
Vitals: Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris. Stars: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina, Elliott Gould, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Steve Coogan.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: R, 114 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $2.295 million, Fox.
Safety Not Guaranteed
When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes he's solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon -- and he's seeking a companion. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you.
Vitals: Director: Colin Trevorrow. Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Jake M. Johnson, Karan Soni, Mark Duplass, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kristen Bell, Jeff Garlin.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: R, 86 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $3.603 million, FilmDistrict/Sony.
When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naive Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors' support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family's political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other.
Vitals: Director: Jay Roach. Stars: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Katherine LaNasa, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Brian Cox.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: R, 85 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $84.986 million, Warner.
All DVDs are screened on a reference system consisting of a
Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a
Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center),
and 50 (rear) speakers and Power 10 subwoofer.