AN OCEAN OF BLOCKBUSTERS - Movie of the Week
AN OCEAN OF BLOCKBUSTERS
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 26, 2017
Two big waterlogged summer flicks are opening this weekend, the latest in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and a raunchy spoof of the TV series “Baywatch.” Who says there’s nothing original at the multiplex? On the other hand, two art films opening this week offer something different.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (PG-13). Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Capt. Barbosa (Geoffrey Rush) are back for a fifth “Pirates” movie, this time taking on evil Capt. Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his ghost crew, who have vowed to wipe out all pirates. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are listed in the cast, as well, after having skipped the fourth film.
“Baywatch” (R). Dwayne Johnson is veteran devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan (David Hasselhoff’s character in the television series) who finds himself in conflict with newbie Matt Brody (Zac Efron) in this vulgar rehash of the popular ’90s show. Hasselhoff and another TV “Baywatch” veteran, Pamela Anderson, also make appearances.
“The Lovers” (R). Both the wife and husband (Debra Winger, Tracy Letts) in a long-stagnant marriage are having affairs with others, but one morning they wake up in bed next to each other and a spark ignites. Before long they’re having an affair with each other, and trying to hide it from their extramarital partners in this independent romantic comedy.
“My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea” (PG-13). You can take the title of this mixed-media-animated teen comedy literally, as it follows a pair of sophomores whose high school is on a cliff edge above a fault line, and one day, due to structural shortcuts by the administration to save money, falls from that cliff and into the sea. Voice cast includes Jason Schwartzman, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Lena Dunham and Susan Sarandon. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)