Pirates 5 Reviews

Disney is practically overrun with film franchises these days, but since Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides made over a billion dollars worldwide back in 2011, another sequel was inevitable. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales arrives in theaters this Friday, but what are the early reviews saying?

The consensus: maybe this film isn’t quite as good as the early buzz coming out of CinemaCon a few months ago seemed to indicate.

Find out more in our Pirates 5 reviews round-up below.
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Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Clips

There hasn’t been enough inebriated action coming from Walt Disney Pictures, but that will change soon now that a new Pirates of the Caribbean sequel is arriving in theaters this summer.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales brings back Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow for another round of high seas adventure and drunken antics. In a batch of new clips and TV spots from the sequel, Jack Sparrow gets in trouble with the law yet again, and he’s also being pursued by a cursed pirate hunter named Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem). Plus, he finds himself accompanied by Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) the offspring of his previous partner in piracy, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom).

Watch the new Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales clips and TV spots below. Read More »

Alien Covenant

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant.)

In 1979, Ridley Scott unleashed Alien on unsuspecting moviegoers, creating something that would end up becoming iconic in the process. Scott, a filmmaker with a background in graphic design, took what was essentially the type of B-movie that cluttered up drive-in theaters and turned it into something greater – a haunted-house picture set in space, dripping with atmosphere and dread, heightened by grotesque creature designs from nightmare-expert artist H.R. Giger.

Alien would turn into a franchise, although Scott stayed away for most of it. He returned for the sort-of prequel Prometheus, one of the most polarizing films of his career. Fans expecting another Alien were sorely disappointed, as Scott no longer seemed interested in the simple, dread-inducing terror of his 1979 film. Instead, the filmmaker wanted to use the Alien mythology as a framework on which to build a more complex, existential examination of the origins of humanity.

Scott could’ve walked away from the Alien franchise after Prometheus, but instead he seems committed to riding this out to see how far it will go. He has returned with Alien: Covenant, which loaded its trailers and promotional material with the familiar xenomorph alien that fans are familiar with. This film, Scott seemed to be saying, would be the Alien-type film Prometheus was not. It was a trick, though. The filmmaker had more complicated, complex ideas in mind. They don’t always work, but you have to at least appreciate his willingness to experiment with them at this stage in his career.

Spoilers follow.

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New Terminator Sequel

Earlier this year, we learned director James Cameron is returning to the Terminator franchise he created to produce and shepherd the new approach to the dying sci-fi property that hasn’t had a good sequel since Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Deadpool director Tim Miller will be at the helm of the movie, but otherwise we haven’t heard anything about what to expect from it, and frankly even with Cameron on board, it’s been hard to get excited for yet another Terminator sequel. However, a new update might help get fans on board.

Even though any of the sequels intended to follow Terminator Genisys have been canceled, as we learned in January this year, that only means the previously planned storyline won’t continue. Arnold Schwarzenegger said back in April that just because Paramount Pictures isn’t making the sequels they were developing doesn’t mean the franchise won’t continue. Now the actor himself has confirmed that he will be reteaming with James Cameron for whatever this new Terminator sequel will be. Find out more below. Read More »

Alien Covenant

After questioning where human life came from in Prometheus, director Ridley Scott continues the narrative in the prequel sequel Alien: Covenant. But the trailers have indicated that this is an Alien movie that also goes back to the monstrous roots of the original 1979 movie that introduced audiences to xenomorphs. The truth is that it’s both. The question is whether that results in a cohesive, thoughtful, suspenseful sci-fi flick that’s worth your time.

After the jump, those of us on the /Film crew who saw the movie already offer their own thoughts. Read More »

pirates of the caribbean 5 release date

Yes, there’s somehow a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming out later this month. But somehow, despite the fact that it’s been six years since the fourth film was released and On Stranger Tides seems to have left absolutely no cultural footprint whatsoever, the upcoming Dead Men Tell No Tales is apparently surprisingly good.

Below, you’ll find the first clip from the film, and learn the bizarre reason why star Johnny Depp reportedly threw out an early draft of the movie that featured a female villain.
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War for the Planet of the Apes TV spots

If Matt ReevesWar for the Planet of the Apes is as good as its trailers make it out to be – and we have no reason to think it won’t live up to that high bar – that should put these movies in the conversation of the best cinematic trilogies ever made. The two films before this one, especially Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, are tremendous pieces of pop storytelling, and though the new one looks to take a darker turn, it’s exactly where this story has been heading from the start.

20th Century Fox has unveiled two new War for the Planet of the Apes TV spots as a nice chaser for the new trailer that dropped earlier this week. Check them out below.
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Star Wars The Last Jedi poster

We’re still seven months away from the opening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, so I hope the chair in which you’ve decided to wait this one out is still accommodating your backside. And since we probably won’t be seeing another trailer for Rian Johnson‘s chapter in the beloved saga for some time yet, are you up for a quick hit of Star Wars news? Just a little taste to get you through the day?

If so, just know that the latest round of The Last Jedi rumors dip their toe into possible spoiler territory. You’ve been warned.

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Michael Rooker in Avengers Infinity War - Yondu

The cast of Avengers: Infinity War will include nearly every major character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All of the Avengers will be there, obviously, and there are supposed to be some new ones as well, including Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. Joining them will be all the Guardians of the Galaxy. But what about the new members of the team from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? More specifically, will Michael Rooker be returning as Yondu in the battle to stop Thanos from destroying Earth?

In order to discuss his potential role, we have to dive into spoiler territory, so don’t read any further if you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But if you have, join us below. Read More »

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Avengers Infinity War synopsis

Marvel Studios still has to release Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok this year after making a big splash with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but naturally, fans are keeping a watchful eye on the 2018 release schedule as their anticipation for those upcoming films continues to grow. Fanning those flames are two new synopses for Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War that have recently surfaced, and the new breakdowns indicate that things aren’t going to be easy for the studio’s costumed superheroes any time soon.
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