Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 05/10/2012

‘Dark Shadows’ and more new movies


Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “Dark Shadows,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)
In this week’s new movies, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp produce a disheartening satire and a documentary about water supply enthralls critic Ann Hornaday. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:


Dark Shadows” (PG-13 “At once a brash, strutting pop culture pastiche and gloomy exercise in self-cannibalizing nostalgia, ‘Dark Shadows’ is depressing on myriad levels.” — Ann Hornaday


Last Call at the Oasis” (PG-13) “As a lucid, emotionally involving portrait of the looming crisis surrounding water - supplies of which are dwindling as contamination rises - Jessica Yu's smartly constructed argument works less as a tutorial than as an infectiously impassioned call to arms.” — Ann Hornaday


Headhunters” (R) “How does a filmmaker bridge the gap between thriller and comedy? Maybe by taking some cues from Morten Tyldum, director of the Norwegian film ’Headhunters.’” — Stephanie Merry


First Position” (Unrated) “Forget that ‘reality’ show about young dancers on the Lifetime channel. ‘First Position,’ a debut documentary from Bess Kargman, is the real thing.” — Amy Hitt


Hit So Hard” (Unrated) “Who is Patty Schemel? And why is she the subject of a documentary? The answer to the first question is that Schemel was the drummer for Hole, the 1990s alt-rock band that doubled as the Courtney Love circus... The answer to the second question isn't entirely clear, even after watching ‘Hit So Hard: The Life and Near Death Story of Patty Schemel,’ which plays like an episode of ‘Behind the Music’ masquerading as a feature-length rock doc.”

— David Malitz


God Bless America” (Unrated) “If all [Bobcat] Goldthwait wanted to do was to make fun of the ugly American, ‘God Bless America’ could have been a successful weekly sketch comedy TV series. As it is, the movie runs out of steam after about a half an hour.” — Michael O’Sullivan


Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” (Unrated) “Many mysteries are at the heart of "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," a movie of such dark, smoldering intensity that it's easy to forget that half of it takes place in near darkness.” — Michael O’Sullivan


Changing the Game” (R) “The movie is weighed down by cliches, offering few real surprises other than a bizarre ending that is less twisty than tangled.” — Michael O’Sullivan

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