New movies this week
The gist: A satirical profile of an African dictator who tries as hard as he can to not be changed by his experiences in America. If you haven't seen Sacha Baron Cohen promoting this movie, you likely don't own a television. R
The cast: Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, Megan Fox, Jason Mantzoukas and John C. Reilly.
The buzz: Not many reviews on this one, either because Cohen has been working so hard to maintain secrecy about his latest project, or because it's so bad no one wants to admit it.
The gist: Johnny Depp plays Barnabas Collins in a self-conscious semi-parody of the classic horror soap from the late '60s. Why Tim Burton made this movie is anyone's guess, but we're thinking he and Depp have a bet to see how many movies they can make together. For more, turn to Page 46. PG-13
The cast: Depp, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz and Gulliver McGrath.
The buzz: Reviews sound as uneven as the movie. "Dark Shadows sinks its teeth half-way into its potentially meaty material but hesitates to go all the way," the Hollywood Reporter says.
The gist: A jockey tries to win the Melbourne Cup after his brother is killed in a riding accident. It's a true story, so you can feel better a person died and not a horse. PG
The cast: Brendan Gleeson, Stephen Curry, Daniel MacPherson, Jodi Gordon, Bobby Fox and Martin Sacks.
The buzz: People aren't liking this one, Stateside or Down Under. All the reviews are from Australia, so go hunt down one of those negative takes online if you like.
— Joshua Gillin [email protected]