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  • Michelle Pfeiffer (left) and Chris Pine in "People Like Us."

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    Michelle Pfeiffer (left) and Chris Pine in "People Like Us."

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  • Michelle Pfeiffer (left) and Chris Pine in "People Like Us."

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    Michelle Pfeiffer (left) and Chris Pine in "People Like Us."

"People Like Us"
Chris Pine plays a man who must deal with a relative he didn't know existed.
The film is an emotional roller coaster that stays on track through a tangle of huge highs and dramatic lows because of standout performances from Pine and Elizabeth Banks. Had either actor's work wobbled in the least, the ride would have come to a crashing halt. But their nearly flawless work is moving and powerful.
Grade: B+
"Dark Shadows"
A vampire (Johnny Depp) wakes up to the weird world of the 1970s.
Tim Burton's big-screen adaptation of the 1960s TV daytime drama has a vampire, witch and werewolf, but the film feels more like a Jekyll and Hyde production.
Burton's created an odd structure. It's the patch of silliness in the middle that takes such a sharp turn that it makes the movie feel like two different stories sharing the same cinematic body.
The film's not a total loss. The huge Gothic sets are amazing and Michelle Pfeiffer turns in a solid performance as the matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard.
Grade: C+
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"Bonanza: The Official Fourth Season": Dan Blocker stars.
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"Dora the Explorer: Dora's Royal Rescue": Includes a double-length, never-before-aired episode.
Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee (Fresno, Calif.)

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