Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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At the end of the last Pirates of the Caribbean film in 2007, we last saw Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) missing his ship, the Black Pearl – but with a special map that would lead to the Fountain of Youth. In Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the race is on to see who can find the Fountain first: the Spanish, the English, or dread pirate Blackbeard. On the English side, Sparrow is hired by King George II …

Memoirs of a Geisha

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Tonight I went to a Producers Guild screening of the film version of the hit novel Memoirs of a Geisha. Directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago) – who introduced the film – and starring a pan-Asian cast including Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe and Michelle Yeoh, the film follows the story of Sayuri, an impoverished Japanese girl who is sold by her parents and taken to the Hanamachi. Once there, she is sent on a path to become a geisha – but …

Chicago

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Traffic was awful tonight, so by the time John showed up to my place, we had to zip on down to the Culver Studios screening room to make a 7:30pm screening of Chicago. Based on the hit musical by Kander & Ebb, I am quite acquainted with the Bebe Neuwirth Broadway revival, so I was really curious about how it would work on film. Having never seen the Broadway show, though, I cannot make a fair comparison. Nonetheless, for just …