Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penélope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love-or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past. — (C) Disney
Scott’s Take – 1 Star
I lost faith with the Pirates franchise after the uneven but tolerable Dead Mans Chest. On Stranger Tides is on par with At Worlds End. It is practically a coin flip as to which is the worst in the series. I hope they close the book on this series ASAP.
Some teachers just don’t give an F. For example, there’s Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz). She’s foul-mouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate. She drinks, she gets high, and she can’t wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job. When she’s dumped by her fiancé, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute (Justin Timberlake) – competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch). When Elizabeth also finds herself fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, irreverent gym teacher (Jason Segel), the consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, her coworkers, and even herself an education like no other. — (C) Sony Pictures
Steve’s Take – 2 1/2 Stars
The movie was funny at times and I think this one might be one that you would want to rent first before making the leap and purchasing it.
Red State unfolds in a small town dominated by a fundamentalist preacher, Abin Cooper. It tells the story of three high school boys who, on their way to an internet arranged meeting with a woman, end up crossing paths with Cooper. The encounter sets into motion a series of events that causes all hell to break loose. — (C) SModcast
Scott’s Take – 2 1/2 Stars
A noble attempt by director Kevin Smith at something besides comedy. I kept waiting for Jay and Silent Bob to make an appearance, but as you can see by the trailer, this is serious stuff. I recommend you rent this one, do not buy.
Batman: Year One
A wealthy playboy and a Chicago cop both return to Gotham City where their lives will intersect in unexpected ways.
Scott’s Take – 3 1/2 Stars
Based on the popular graphic novel, Batman-Year One is an animated look on the Caped Crusader’s first year of crime fighting. One of the best animated superhero films I’ve seen. If you are a fan of animation, this one is a MUST own.
That’s all for this week. Next week we have Captain America, Winnie the Pooh, Attack the Block, and IF YOU DARE, A Serbian Film. Have a great week!