Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides may be commanding 81% of Fandango's ticket sales -- and could score a $90 million weekend -- but it's getting a critical spanking. To be surprised and delighted rather than lulled into a familiar open-eyed coma, go to Woody Allen's delightful Midnight in Paris: savor every line of dialogue. Here's our early review round-up; Paris now sits at 91% fresh.
The rest of the weekend's offerings are critical disappointments, except for Earthwork (75%), in release thanks to star John Hawkes' Oscar nomination last year. Jodie Foster's The Beaver goes into wider release this weekend following a slight PR bump from Cannes, but that won't save it.
Reviews, pictures, trailers and details are below:
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Disney | Dir: Rob Marshall; Cast: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Kevin McNally, Sam Claflin, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Keith Richards.
Midnight in Paris, Sony Pictures Classics | Dir: Woody Allen; Cast: Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Owen Wilson, Michael Sheen, Adrien Brody, Kathy Bates, Alison Pill, Lea Seydoux | B criticWIRE | Caryn James calls it Woody Allen's Moveable Feast.
The Beaver, Summit | Dir: Jodie Foster, Cast: Mel Gibson, Cherry Jones, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Riley Thomas Stewart, Zachary Booth | 70% Tomatometer | 59% Metacritic | B- criticWIRE | TOH! Interviews Foster | Women and Hollywood | Caryn James.
Earthwork, Shadow Distribution | Dir: Chris Ordal, Cast: John Hawkes, Bruce MacVittie, Chris Bachand | LATs calls it "a flawless gem, a gentle yet ultimately ironic meditation on the power of art."
Bloodworth, Samuel Goldwyn Films | Dir: Shane Dax Taylor; Cast: Kris Kristofferson, Val Kilmer, Dwight Yoakam, Hilary Duff | indieWIRE.
Cost of a Soul, Relativity Media | Dir: Sean Kirkpatrick, Cast: Chris Kerson, Will Blagrove, Mark Borkowski, Judy Jerome | indieWIRE.