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New DVDs | 'Dark Shadows,' 'Red Lights,' 'People Like Us'

New DVD releases for Tuesday include Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows," starring Johnny Depp; the martial-arts epic "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate"; Michelle Yeoh as "The Lady"; "People Like Us," with Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks; the Robert De Niro thriller "Red Lights"; the action comedy "Iron Sky"; and "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding," featuring Jane Fonda.

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Rising up on DVD Tuesday: "The Lady" and the vamp from "Dark Shadows," among others. Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the movie title at

2.5 stars "Dark Shadows" (PG-13): After two centuries trapped in a coffin, vampire Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) emerges into 1972, in Tim Burton's take on the old TV soap opera. "This version's much goofier, with lots of jokes and punch lines involving macramé, lava lamps and Scooby-Doo — the frequent cuts to waves crashing on rocks, though, seems right out of the original — and looks far more lavish, with the Collins home resembling a very expensive Gothic theme park," says Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald.

3 stars "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate" (not rated, subtitled): Jet Li gets top-billing as a renegade freedom fighter during the Ming Dynasty in Tsui Hark's martial-arts epic, China's first IMAX 3D production.

3 stars "The Lady" (R): Michelle Yeoh slips into her role as Aung San Suu Kyi, the leading figure in Myanmar's pro-democracy struggle.

3 stars "People Like Us" (PG-13): Chris Pine plays a man who, after his father's death, discovers he has a half-sister (Elizabeth Banks).

3 stars "Red Lights" (R): Two paranormal sleuths (Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy) meet their worst nightmare (Robert De Niro).

2 stars "Iron Sky" (R; in English and German, with subtitles): In this action comedy, a colony of Nazis, living on the dark side of the moon, plot an invasion of Earth.

2 stars "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" (R): Facing an unexpected divorce, a tightly wound Manhattan lawyer (Catherine Keener) goes to Woodstock with her kids (Elizabeth Olsen, Nat Wolff) to visit her hippie mom (Jane Fonda) and becomes, eventually, less uptight.


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