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Pirates of the Caribbean Salazar’s Revenge Review: The fifth Pirates film hits cinemas this week, but is it any good?
It’s been almost fifteen years since the first Pirates of the Caribbean film arrived in cinemas. The film, based on a popular ride at Disney’s theme parks, took the world by storm and proved that audiences still loved a pirate yarn. Then came two sequels in reasonably rapid succession (2006 and 2007), and with the narrative completed, we thought that was the last we’d seen of Captain Jack Sparrow. Then in 2011 we got another trip around the oceans with Sparrow, this time without his sidekicks, Elizabeth and Will. It lacked the pizzazz of the original trio, but despite lukewarm reviews, went onto the generate a massive box office meaning that film five wasn’t far away. »
- Kat Hughes
Captain Jack Sparrow is pursued by an old nemesis, Armando Salazar, who along with his Spanish Navy ghost crew has escaped from the Devil’s Triangle and is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Jack, aided by his new allies Henry and Carina, must seek the Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that grants its possessor total control over the seas, in order to defeat Salazar.
The fact that the Pirates of the Caribbean series hasn’t released an entry in six years despite 2011’s On Stranger Tides grossing a mind-boggling $1.04 billion worldwide is perhaps an indication that even Disney were aware the series had run out of gas creatively. »
- Shaun Munro
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
“Il Bello Marcello” highlights Italy’s greatest actor and, in turn, its greatest filmmakers.
Stalker continues its run.
Museum of the Moving Image
The Caan Film Festival is underway! Films from Michael Mann, Coppola, Hawks, and more kick it off.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari plays on Sunday.
- Nick Newman
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, arguably one of the most prolific talents working in Hollywood today, is currently in the midst of Baywatch‘s press tour, and that can only mean one thing: over the coming weeks, the former WWE wrestler will be soliciting questions pertaining to most, if not all of the many, many feature films currently lining his slate.
Case in point: when Wgtc caught up with The Fate of the Furious actor, we couldn’t help but quiz Johnson on his involvement in the DC Extended Universe. On board to play the brooding anti-hero known as Black Adam, it seems as though the Hollywood superstar already has an actor in mind to play Shazam (spoilers: it’s Armie Hammer).
- Michael Briers
Life is imitating art for Ian Harding!
For the past seven seasons, the 30-year-old actor has played writer Ezra Fitz on the hit Freeform drama Pretty Little Liars, and now Harding himself can add author to his resume thanks to his new book, Odd Birds.
"It did sort of dawn on me at the beginning of writing it that this could be a big cliché," Harding dished to Et during a live Facebook interview this week. "People are like, 'Oh, you play a writer on TV, are you going to be a writer in real life too? Cool.' That was on my mind a lot, [but] probably halfway through season six [of Pll], I wanted to try something different."
More: 'Pll' Finally Revealed Who Killed Alison's Mom and Dropped Another Baby Bombshell!
Harding confessed that it was his father, Stephen Harding, who also happens to be a New York Times bestselling author, who first suggested »
Comedian, author, and radio personality Paula Poundstone stopped by the A.V. Club offices to talk about her new book, The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness. During our discussion, we discovered the disdain she holds for Vin Diesel and the Fast And Furious franchise. In the clip above, she shares the story of the time she watched the “unwatchable” Fast Five. »
- Baraka Kaseko
Ryan Lambie May 3, 2017
With spoilers, we take a light-hearted look at Fast & Furious 8, and where the franchise might go next...
Nb: The following contains spoilers for Fast & Furious 8 and other Fast films.
The Fast & Furious movies aren’t generally memorable for their plots, so we generally file them under their loopiest action sequences. The 2001 original? That’s the one where Vin Diesel jumps a train with a car that looks like something out of Mad Max. Fast Five? That’s the one where the whole of Rio’s destroyed by a car dragging a huge safe on a chain, and where The Rock and Vin Diesel punch each other for five straight hours.
As for this year’s Fast & Furious 8 - or The Fate Of The Furious, or Fast 8, or F8 - »
If anyone had any doubts about the Fast and the Furious series still being viable, think again. Universal's car racing saga turned insane action movie franchise is stronger than ever with the release of its eighth installment, as evidenced by the incredible dollar intake it's managed to pump into its coffers. The Fate of the Furious, after just 16 days in release, has already crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office.
According to Box Office Mojo, with the current weekend's total factored in, The Fate of the Furious has now grossed a grand total of $1.06 billion at the global box office. That already makes it the second highest-grossing movie in the history of the Fast and the Furious franchise, with 2015's Furious 7 still on top, with $1.51 billion worldwide. However, with the rate at which Fast 8 has been raking it in over the past couple of weeks, don't be »
In real life, we have to deal with things like gravity or friction. In the movies, not so much. Real Life vs. the Movies is a look at how possible those ridiculous action sequences from the movies would work in real life.
For as over-the-top and thrill seeking as the Fast and Furious franchise has become, I’ll give the filmmakers credit for using as many practical effects to make their films as possible. The films are only comprised of about 10% CGI shots - contrary to what it may appear. Much of this CGI is also only used to finish background images and erase cables securing the actors, stunt people, and cars. Many moments in the film that you might not expect to be real, are at least partially not CGI.
However, while it is impressive that this over-the-top franchise has figured out a way to create most of their action sequences in real life, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Charlize Theron due to return as cyberterrorist Cipher in the offshoot, as producer hints the ‘official’ street racer action series will be capped at 10 movies
According to Variety, producing studio Universal have hired Chris Morgan – who worked on the last six films in the series – to write a screenplay for a project that would “revolve around Johnson and Statham teaming up to go after Theron’s character”. Johnson’s character, diplomatic service agent Luke Hobbs, first appeared in Fast Five, while Statham’s Deckard Shaw, after a brief appearance in the end credits of Fast & Furious 6, was the chief antagonist in 2015’s Furious 7. Theron’s cyberterrorist character Cipher is a recent addition to the series, appearing in the recent eighth instalment alongside Johnson, »
- Andrew Pulver
Dwayne Johnson may have just joined the Fast and the Furious squad a few years ago, but he might have a lot more of the franchise in his future.
According to the outlet, the idea for a spinoff featuring Johnson has been thrown around since his character, Hobbs, entered the franchise in 2011's Fast Five, though plans are still in preliminary stages and a script has yet to be written.
The film would reportedly revolve around Hobbs and Statham's Deckard Shaw going after the newest villain to the franchise, Theron's Cipher, and be written by series architect, Chris Morgan.
The Rock made headlines last summer after posting a heated Instagram rant, in which he »
The box office top 3 remain unchanged on this sluggish weekend, with “The Fate of the Furious” holding on to the top spot for a second weekend after grossing $11 million on Friday. Universal Pictures now projects a $35 million second frame for its high-octane car flick, which would come out to a 64 percent drop from its $98.8 million domestic opening. That may seem steep, but it’s par for the course for this franchise. “Fast Five” took a 62 percent drop from its $86 million opening in 2011, while “Fast & Furious 6” had a nearly identical performance to “Fate,” »
- Jeremy Fuster
The Fate of the Furious is currently raking it in at the box office at a record-setting pace, which has led Universal to think about how they can further profit from their most bankable franchise. The series is set to end after the tenth installment, but there is always room for a spin-off or two. It looks like that is something that is currently being discussed, with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's character Hobbs and Jason Statham's bad guy turned good Decker Shaw possibly getting their own Fast and Furious Spin-Off.
The news comes courtesy of Deadline, who are reporting that Universal is in the very early stages of putting together this Hobbs and Show spin-off. The report does note that the studio has had meetings about it and that the idea would be to hopefully film this movie while they figure out exactly what to do with Fast & Furious »
Warning: Minor spoilers from “The Fate of the Furious” below.
With “Fate of the Furious” speeding past box office records, Universal Pictures is now considering expanding the “Fast and Furious” universe and looking at some of the franchise’s favorite characters for a spin-off.
Sources tell Variety that the studio is considering a spin-off featuring Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs, Jason Statham’s Decker Shaw, and Charlize Theron’s Cipher with series architect Chris Morgan penning the script.
‘Fast & Furious’ Films Ranked Worst to Best
Plans for a spin-off are so preliminary that no script has been written and all three actors are far from committed to coming on board. The idea of a spin-off has been thrown around ever since Johnson’s character entered the franchise in “Fast Five,” given the instant popularity of his character.
Since Universal had no plan on how to move forward with such a spin-off, »
- Justin Kroll
Star Trek fans have long contended that there is the best films in the original series were even-numbered. Whether it’s classics like The Wrath Of Khan or The Voyage Home, or slept-on late-franchise Next Generation entries like Nemesis and First Contact, the Star Trek galaxy seems to oscillate entry-by-entry between its best qualities (high sci-fi philosophizing, interesting world-building, rich characters, Klingons) and its worst (being boring and corny).
A theory on Road & Track posits that the Fast & Furious franchise suffers from a similar but inverted quality: namely, that the odd-numbered entries are the only good ones. Last week the series’ eighth installment came out, and, while it has shattered opening-weekend records, it received a largely muted response critically. The larger theory holds water: Few would disagree that Fast Five marked a turning point and rebirth for the franchise, or that, among the early films, the original set ...
- Clayton Purdom
The Fast & Furious franchise has one of the most strangely convoluted timelines in existence. The first three generally seem to be in order, and then we find out that Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, and the beginning of Furious 7 are all a giant flashback. What’s worse, Han’s death in Tokyo Drift, it turns out, actually no nothing to do with the plot of Tokyo Drift, and everything to do with Dom’s family getting attacked by Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw.
Han’s death is what set off the entirety of Furious 7, and so long as Deckard remained squarely on the other side of the line separating family from non-family, we were square. Sadly, for Han-lovers, Fate of the Furious saw Dom’s crew team up with Deckard, and from the looks of it, he’s probably sticking around. Given the huge emphasis this film franchise has on family, »
- Joseph Medina
Saturday Am Update: The Fate of the Furious is right on pace with expectations, bringing in an estimated $11.2 million on Friday, en route to a $35-38 million second weekend. Meanwhile, the film will remain the #1 film in the world this weekend as its international total as of last night is $636.3 million and the international weekend estimate is currently $171 million from 65 territories as it looks to top $910 million by Sunday and will cross $1 billion worldwide next week. Of the new releases, it looks like Disneynature's Born in China will lead the way after it brought in $1.59 million on Friday, on its way to an opening weekend three-day around $4.6 million or so. Opening day audiences gave the film an "A-" CinemaScore, which is pretty much typical for these features. Warner's Unforgettable is proving to be anything but as it brought in a meager $1.67 million on Friday and is looking at a $4.4 million opening weekend. »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Even before The Fate of the Furious took in a record-breaking global box office debut of $531.9 million, Universal had already put plans in place for the final two movies in the franchise. Fast & Furious 9 is set to hit theaters on April 19, 2019, with the franchise finale, Fast & Furious 10 hitting theaters on April 2, 2021. While the movie's box office take apparently wasn't affected at all, this new movie made headlines for a behind-the-scenes feud between stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, which reportedly even lead to both actors being separated during the movie's promotional tour. Today a new report claims that both actors have put their differences aside and resolved their feud, both now slated to return in Fast & Furious 9, while Kurt Russell also expresses his interest in coming back as Mr. Nobody.
Like peanut butter and jelly, car chases and movies are two things that just go together perfectly. A chase is inherently interesting to watch - someone is trying their best to get away by any means possible, while the other party is trying to stop them from doing so. The danger involved, the threat of violence, and even the thrill of the hunt are all part of why we often can’t look away. A car chase is the next level of chase. They are fast - an embodiment of man and machine together. They are also dangerous - the stakes are incredibly high, and not just for the people involved in the chase.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
I don’t believe in objective reviews of media. I think the personal subjectivity of the reviewer is impossible to remove and, honestly, that it would be boring if you could. That said, I am not capable of being remotely objective when it comes to the Fast & Furious franchise. I find the formula they have stumbled upon since Fast Five to be unbelievably charming and I can’t separate the movie from the joy they’ve brought in to my life and the friendships these movies have enriched. If this bothers you, I can give you the low down on how I feel about this movie and you can be on your way: if you’ve liked any of the last three entries in the franchise you’ll like this one, and if you didn’t this will not change your mind. If my F&F obsession does not bother you, »
- Arthur Martinez-Tebbel
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