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‘Pirates’ is a shipwreck of a movie

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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Johnny Depp is Jack Sparrow in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'

New in Theaters:

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Plenty of fans of all ages will gobble up the fifth film in the Pirates franchise, which again stars Johnny Depp, 53, as Captain Sparrow. But anyone hoping for a good story, character development or wit (and is turned off by, for instance, a plot that includes zombie shark attacks) will feel that they've been robbed. FULL REVIEW


Demetri Martin and Kevin Kline in 'Dean'

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Demetri Martin and Kevin Kline in 'Dean'

Still in Theaters:

 Dean

This sweet indie comedy costars Mary Steenburgen and Kevin Kline, who are both terrific. It stars the comedian Demetri Martin, 44, who’s also the writer and director, as a cartoonist, with Kline as his dad. Both father and son are suffering in their own separate ways after the recent death of their wife/mother, until they each find someone who helps them accept and temper their grief. It’s a quirky, often funny story about learning to live and love again at any age, despite our sorrows — a hopeful message. FULL REVIEW

 Wakefield

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, 61, stars in what may be the year’s weirdest movie. It’s about well-off Manhattan commuter Wakefield (Cranston), who comes home from work one day and hides from his wife (Jennifer Garner) and daughters in his garage attic, spying on them through the dusty window for weeks, then months. It’s a fascinating experimental film — and adaptation of Pulitzer winner E.L. Doctorow’s story “Wakefield” — and, thanks to Cranston, a tour de force of acting craft.

 Paris Can Wait 

Catch a cinematic ride from Cannes to the Seine in Paris Can Wait, a dreamy, impressionistic romance. Anne (Diane Lane), the glamorous neglected wife of a top filmmaker (Alec Baldwin), gets the grand tour from a wooing Frenchman (Arnaud Viard) who insists she’s cuter than Cannes’ near-naked nubiles: “They’re just Pop-Tarts. You’re chocolate crème brûlée!”  

 Snatched

After 15 years off screen, Goldie Hawn, 71, returns to costar with Amy Schumer in the new mother-daughter comedy, Snatched. But the film, featuring the pair battling bad guys on an ill-fated vacation to Ecuador, isn’t strong enough to allow this sunny star to shine. FULL REVIEW

 Get Out  

A black photographer (Daniel Kaluuya) and his white girlfriend (Allison Williams) visit the remote home of her creepy parents (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener) in this whip-smart horror film that’s also an unsettling meditation on race.

 Norman

Richard Gere dazzles in his most intriguing role ever: an enigmatic New York fixer who matches disparate people to make improbable business deals. Gere’s title character, wide-eyed and desperate to please, screws his way into our heart even as he infuriates the high-flying Manhattanites who desperately try to elude him. FULL REVIEW

 A Quiet Passion

Cynthia Nixon beguiles as Emily Dickinson in Terence Davies’ portrait of the poet, whose steadfast self-assurance utterly scandalized the upper crust of 19th-century Massachusetts.  

 The Promise

As war rages in the last days of the Ottoman Empire, a medical student (Oscar Isaac) and an American journalist (Christian Bale) battle over a classy Armenian woman (Shohreh Aghdashloo). The three are lovely to look at, but their romantic triangle seems like a pretty appendage on a larger tale of brutal, all-out war.

 The Zookeeper’s Wife

Jessica Chastain stars with Johan Heldenberg — whose heroic character is shortchanged by the title — as the real-life couple who hid fugitive Jews from the Nazis in their zoo compound in Warsaw, Poland. As the couple make selfless choices that place them in increasing peril, director Niki Caro (Whale Rider) constantly ratchets up the suspense. FULL REVIEW


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