Pirates of the Caribbean: Apparently, Dead Men Tell No (New) Tales

Javier Bardem in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'
Javier Bardem in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’

Dead men tell no tales. Neither do movies on the fifth go-around, apparently. However, the latest installment in Disney’s goldmine franchise proved two things. One, that a return to the glory days of Pirates, while somewhat repetitive, was necessary and long past due. Two, Orlando Bloom, even with a barnacle-encrusted face, can never look bad.

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‘Sleight’ deceives and dupes, but not in the way you’d want

Jacob Latimore works some weak magic in 'Sleight'
Jacob Latimore works some weak magic in ‘Sleight’

Sleight can best be described as deceptive. Not because of its featured magic tricks or nifty card illusions. Those are mediocre at best. Sleight deceives you with the promise of a thriller with a magical twist but delivers a slow plot focused on an unfortunate drug-dealing teen. Oh yeah, and he also happens to be a street magician.

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A “Beauty and the Beast” for the Modern Age

The Beast of 'Beauty and the Beast'
The Beast of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Beauty and the Beast may be timeless, but Disney’s latest revamp of the “tale as old as time” is steeped in special effects and themes of the 21st century.

This reimagined live-action Beauty and the Beast, under the eager direction of Bill Condon, features a cast of enchantingly detailed CGI furniture, an impressive new soundtrack, and Disney’s first (debatably) openly gay character, all while taking place in 18th century France. The film retains the roots of the story we all love and know while stamping it with a modern style of its own.

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James McAvoy saves otherwise disappointing ‘Split’

James McAvoy in 'Split'
James McAvoy in ‘Split’

M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, Split, seemed like a glimmer of hope for Shyamalan supporters. It had all the makings of a perfect thriller. A hostage situation created by a maniac suffering with dissociative identity disorder should be enough to keep its audience on the edge of their seats.

Unfortunately, Split let us down, leading us to conclude that Shyamalan’s success with movies such as The Sixth Sense and Signs, were flukes rather than a testament to his visionary talent.

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