Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Title: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales movie reviewHow does a movie based off an amusement park ride end up with four sequels? Taking a page out of the book of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the latest entry into the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise goes back to the beginning to try and recapture the magic of its best film. Although it delivers not much more than a pale imitation of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, borrowing heavily from every major plot point, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is easily the least shitty sequel in a franchise that knows something about shitty sequels.

See if any of this sounds familiar: A man (Brenton Thwaites) with a pirate father and a woman (Kaya Scodelario) too independent for her time befriend the crazy pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) while being pursued by a ship of undead cursed souls seeking a treasure that can save them and led by a captain (Javier Bardem) who hates Jack.

While all a bit too familiar, the choice to allow Jack to be more part of an ensemble rather than the central character certainly helps the film. Although even with less screentime the character grows tiresome at times.

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  • Title: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • IMDb: link

With notable similarities to the first Pirate films, the “final” entry to the franchise involves a young man (Brenton Thwaites) and woman (Kaya Scodelario) getting tangled into the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) when an old enemy (Javier Bardem) of the pirate’s returns from the grave. Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, and Kevin McNally reprise their roles from previous films. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens in theaters on May 26th.

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Top Ten Memorial Day Box Office Movies

Until recently with big-budget super-hero films opening in late March and April, Memorial Day weekend has long been the unofficial beginning of the summer movie season. When you take a look at the top ten box office movies over Memorial Day weekend what you find is a collection of sadly mediocre, and downright awful, films. Seven of the top ten are sequels. Of the six I’ve written full reviews for only two have received a passing rating. Memorial Day may begin the summer movie season, but, as these ten movies show, it’s far from the best summer blockbusters have to offer.

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  • Title: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
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pirates-on-stranger-tides-posterHonestly, I don’t know if Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is any better than the last two disappointing entries of the franchise or I simply don’t have it in me to care about what happens to these characters anymore. Even though the film did its best to remove the only thing I really liked from Dead Man’s Chest and World’s End (namely Keira Knightley), this one is certainly no worse the wear.

The story opens with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), once again without a boat or crew, on the search for the Fountain of Youth. And he’s not the only one. Others looking for the prize include the Spanish Armada, the British Navy under the command of Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), and the nefarious Blackbeard (Ian McShane).

What follows is a mismatched tale which is part treasure hunt and part wacky reunion as Jack is forced to confront his feelings for an old flame (Penélope Cruz) who just happens to be Blackbeard’s daughter.

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On Stranger Tides Revealed

by Alan Rapp on March 16, 2011

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
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The folks in charge of the upcoming forth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise have put out a podcast featuring Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and clips of the upcoming film. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hits theaters and IMAX on May 20th.

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