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Original 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Stars on Regrets, Triumphs and a $2 Million Snack Budget

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When Disney's original Pirates of the Caribbean was released in 2003, the tale following a rowdy full of pirates throughout the seas was almost as much of an adventure behind the scenes as it was onscreen.

Under the vision of director Gore Verbinski, an original trio of films (grossing $2.75 billion worldwide) were made following Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow through a swashbuckling adventure that continues with release of the fifth installment, Dead Men Tell No Tales, which hit theaters on Friday.

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) may not have been where he is today with the help of some »


- Arlene Washington

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'Fortunata': Film Review | Cannes 2017

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Translating into English as “lucky”, the title of Sergio Castellitto’s overheated Italian melodrama is clearly ironic. But there is otherwise little subtle or ambivalent about Fortunata, whose star Jasmine Trinca picked up the Best Actress prize in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes yesterday. Shot in the same working-class Roman suburb as Pasolini’s neo-realist classic Mamma Roma, this compassionate character study strains to hit the same kind of female-centric heights as vintage Pedro Almodovar, but it falls short and ends up something of a soapy hot mess instead.

Castellitto has now directed six features in collaboration with his screenwriter »


- Stephen Dalton

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'Frost': Film Review | Cannes 2017

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A young Lithuanian couple’s idea of a road trip is to drive from the Baltics to the war-torn Donbass region, in eastern Ukraine, in Frost, the latest feature from Lithuanian auteur Sharunas Bartas (Few of Us, Seven Invisible Men). Shot on the road and on location over a period of three months, this dire drama gets full marks for authenticity, with a scene in which two (actual) Ukrainian soldiers explain to the protagonists why they are fighting the war they are fighting a certain highlight. But beyond this sequence, there really isn’t all that much to recommend, with the lead »


- Boyd van Hoeij

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