‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’ defied expectations by being great

Johnny Depp and Kiera Knightly in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl'
Johnny Depp and Kiera Knightly in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’

[rating=4]Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly, Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce, Mackenzie Crook, Lee Arenberg, Zoe Saldana
Director(s): Gore Verbinski
Writer(s): Jay Wolpert, Stuart Beattie, Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott

It has been quite some years since a really good pirate movie was made. The last that I can remember was Cutthroat Island, the film that signaled the official end of Gena Davis’ career — and Matthew Modine, I think, although he was probably out of the picture before that.

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‘Bend It like Beckham’ is about a young girl pursuing her dreams against all odds

Parminder K. Nagra and Kiera Knightly carry the trophy in 'Bend It like Beckham'
Parminder K. Nagra and Kiera Knightly carry the trophy in ‘Bend It like Beckham’

[rating=4]Starring: Parminder K. Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Juliet Stevenson
Director(s): Gurinder Chadha
Writer(s): Screenplay by Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Guljit Bindra

I have heard Bend It Like Beckham likened to My Big Fat Greek Wedding with soccer, but it’s much more than that. Unlike most sports films, this story isn’t really about a team or a sport. Bend It Like Beckham is about a young girl pursuing her dreams against all odds.

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