‘Star Trek,’ ‘Transformers’ co-writer Alex Kurtzman shows his softer side with ‘People Like Us’

Elizabeth Banks in 'People Like Us'
Elizabeth Banks in ‘People Like Us’

People Like Us comes to us from first-time director/writer Alex Kurtzman (his writing partner Robert Orci and Jody Lambert share writing credit) and it’s actually good for a debut picture.  Considering that Kurtzman is best known for penning big screen blockbusters like Star TrekTransformers and Cowboys and Aliens, a drama about a man and woman who were fathered by the same man but have never met is not what one would have expected.

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‘Dark Shadows’ isn’t Johnny Depp / Tim Burton’s worst… but not best either

Eva Green shows her stuff in 'Dark Shadows'
Eva Green shows her stuff in ‘Dark Shadows’

[rating=2]Starring: Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfieffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Grace Moretz, Bella Heathcote, Jackie Earle Haley
Director(s): Tim Burton
Writer(s): Screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith, story by John August and Seth Grahame-Smith, from the TV series created by Dan Curtis

Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp and a cast of several under the direction of the very capable Tim Burton is the 8th collaboration between Depp and Burton.  It is certainly not the worst, but it’s much closer to that level than it is to their best (you can choose your own best, for me, it is easily Ed Wood).

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