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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    ★★

    An improvement over its immediate predecessor, which is about all that can be said for it. Depp's performance has never been this tired or schticky, and even Rush seems like he's getting bored with it. The film is bafflingly obsessed with franchise mythology while getting almost all of it completely wrong, as if it were pieced together from ancient, fragmentary texts instead of a massive blockbuster from ten years ago that you can rent online pretty much anywhere. A confusing…

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

    A brutal drop in quality from the Verbinski trilogy, even at its shakiest and most arbitrary. Patently a preexisting story that got franchise characters slapped into it, bereft of a director (or, seemingly, anyone in front of or behind the camera) who actually believes in it, one hopes the franchise, if it continues, can't get any worse than this. I mean, one doesn't actually believe... but one hopes. Especially galling is how, after Elizabeth's majestic if confusing arc from damsel…

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