A look at the things we're most excited about watching, reading, browsing, and listening to:
In theaters Friday:
Anyone occasionally sickened by the state of pop culture, politics, and manners may find some delirious comfort in God Bless America, a dark satire in which a terminally ill man goes on a killing spree—against reality-TV stars, people who take up two parking spaces, and other nuisance causers. Bobcat Goldthwait, the stand-up comedian who's carved out a fruitful indie filmmaking career, directs, and the reviews are good.
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team up once again for a film whose description reads like a parody of their shared sensibility: Dark Shadows, a comedic adaptation of a 1960s sitcom about a vampire.
On sale Tuesday:
Sixteen snotty songs and a little more than 16 snotty minutes comprise the self-titled debut of Off!, which Wikipedia correctly describes as a rare "American hardcore punk supergroup." Members of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Burning Brides, Rocket From the Crypt, Hot Snakes, and Redd Kross have teamed up to deliver an entertaining, inventive set of songs following a few well-liked EPs.