Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge – a franchise barely staying afloat

  1. 2 Stars (2 / 5)
For a big summer blockbuster, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge is surprisingly nimble vessel.

Even given its comparatively svelte run-time1, whether the film is a voyage worth the taking is another question altogether.

Directed by Norwegian duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg2, the film is more akin to the original installment3 than its first two sequels – lumbering galleons weighed down with double-crosses – or the leaky lifeboat that was Stranger Tides4, the film speeds through its first act like it’s afraid of taking on water.…

Son Of A Gun is a movie under the influences

3 Stars (3 / 5)

 

Julius Avery’s Son Of A Gun may fall into the broad category of “crime thriller” but it’s not a neat fit: Julius Avery’s first feature evokes genre pieces as diverse as Starred Up, Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, and Drive.

Oculus gets you right between the eyes

3 Stars (3 / 5)

 

All families, no matter how idyllic, are haunted.

We are all scarred by our experiences, growing up, as adults, however superficially: what we hear – our parents arguing in their bedroom – what we or don’t see – the monster at the foot of the bed.…