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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: Dead Men Tell No Tales Sails onto Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

Jack is back coming to Bluray/DVD and Digital HD as directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg along with Walt Disney Pictures is PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) is a young man who wants one thing – to see his father Will Turner permanently returned to dry land. What he needs is Poseidon’s Trident and the map that will lead him there to break the curse holding his father deep in the ocean.

Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) is a young woman who holds a map to the where the trident is and only she can read it. Basically it’s because she can read the stars where as most pirates can’t, well, read.

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Someone who can help them is Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) but he’s not having the best lucky with a crew lately. As if that’s not enough, Henry tells Jack that a ghost named Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) pretty much wants his head on a platter.

Unphased by the prospect of losing his head, Jack is more focused on what he’s always focused on – getting his hands on the Pearl! When Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) comes upon the hair flowing Captain Salazar, a deal is struck to find Jack together.

Jack, Henry and Carina try to stay one step ahead of Barbossa and Barbossa tries to stay two steps ahead of Salazar. As they all get closer to the prize, there are still scores to settle and a few surprises for them all.

This is the life of a pirate!

Depp as Jack Sparrow puts a period at the end of his time as a pirate. His usual throwing caution to the wind and not being upset by much, Depp throws out lines and facial reactions that continue to make us all laugh. Jack Sparrow is endearing and even to the very end he seems to be able to come out with what he truly wants.

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Thwaites as Henry Turner is a young actor that is able to pull off the role of a kid who just wants his Dad back. Becoming somewhat of an expert on the legends of the sea, Thwaites is charming, caring and daring all rolled into one. Scodelario as Carina is a smart young woman who is misunderstood by, well, pirates. Looking for the trident is her mission to finding her own family.

Rush as Barbossa is his usual peg-legged self who wants to keep the money rolling in and going up against Jack is just topping on the cake. Bardem as Salazar is kind of creepy but then again he is a tad upset at Jack so we have to let him get out his frustration. The cgi around his character is more than a tad disturbing and cool at the same time.

Other cast include Kevin McNally as Gibbs, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, Adam Brown as Cremble, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner and Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann. There is also a cameo appearance that had the audience cheering so look out for that!

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment began distributing under its own label in 1980 and continues to bring quality programming to kids and kids at heart. Home of the most beloved animated features including SNOW WHITE, PINOCCHIO and SLEEPING BEAUTY to name a few is what keeps families coming back for more. To see what is currently available to add to your own family library please visit. www.movies.disney.com for their At Home titles!

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The Bluray Bonus Extras include Dead Men Tell More Tales: The Making of a New Adventure – Join the filmmakers and cast for an up-close look at the film’s creation, encompassing eerie ghost sharks, astonishing undersea set pieces, Jack Sparrow’s extended family and much more, in this fascinating collection of stories: A Return to the Sea, Telling Tales: A Sit-Down with Brenton & Kaya, The Matador & The Bull: Secrets of Salazar & The Silent Mary, First Mate Confidential, Deconstructing the Ghost Sharks, Wings Over the Caribbean, An Enduring Legacy, Bloopers of the Caribbean, Deleted Scenes and More!

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a fantastical journey’s we have all enjoyed with Captain Jack Sparrow. Although the film brings the story full circle and the special effects are pretty darn cool, it is almost addictive how we all keep coming back for more! Of course we would because it’s Disney film!

It has been an adventure from 2003 until now with characters that are memorable and have become iconic. Disney has done a good job in wrapping up this series of films in such a way that no will be disappointed.

Everyone jumps on board for another adventure and a few surprises as well. This is fun for the family filled with laughs, adventure, action and characters that once again have us cheer for our favorite pirate. Of course no one else will ever be Jack Sparrow so thanks for that Johnny Depp!

So prepare matey’s for a journey through the sea of adventure.

In the end – it is the final tale of a pirate’s life!

 

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GENIUS: The Last Chapter from National Geographic

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Jeri Jacquin

In a special two-hour presentation from National Geographic on June 20th at 9/8c is the finale of an amazing story developed by Noah Pink and Kenneth Biller with GENIUS: The Last Chapter.

Albert Einstein (Geoffrey Rush) and wife Elsa (Emily Watson) are settling in America but they constantly are thinking of those they left behind in Europe. Unsettling for Einstein is that scientists in Nazi Germany continue to study the splitting of the atom. He himself continues to work through quantum physics.

That all must be put aside when Elsa becomes ill and Einstein’s life becomes even more complicated. Being rushed by all sides to help with the formula needed for the atomic bomb, Einstein continues to avoid them all. He also becomes emotionally close to Marija Ruzic-Maric (Catherine McCormack) and doesn’t realize that there are two sides to her.

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Edgar Hoover (T.R. Knight) is one man who wants to see Einstein sent back to Germany. Feeling the scientist humiliated him, it becomes Hoover’s goal to ruin the man. In 1947, scientists come together to try and contain the use of atomic bombs. Einstein doesn’t believe their use can be contained but sees it all as a threat to humanity.

With his lifetime of work, Einstein is brought face to face with an outburst from his son Hans that every member of the family knows he sees them as a burden. To make matters worse, Einstein is outraged when one of their scientists is forced before a committee for communism.

Eleanor Roosevelt brings Einstein before a television audience so that he may give his view on what bombs can do and Hoover becomes outraged. Personal secretary Helene (Emily Laing) is worried about Einstein as his heath begins to wane but his voice to reach out against man’s destruction is what he has left.

When a letter to a judge falls into the hands of Congress, the papers begin to denounce Einstein much to Hoover’s delight. All of the bad press sends the scientist into a sort of quiet seclusions. That is until a young girl named Alice knocks on his door to remind him of how exciting mathematics is and it’s like an awakening for him taking on the unified theory.

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Learning of his illness, Helen encourages Einstein to reach out to his son and say the things that needs to be said between the two. It isn’t easy for him but it is a moment shared by father and son never to be forgotten. Albert Einstein would pass away in 1955.

To Einstein, every question must have an answer – and he wanted to find them!

Rush as Einstein is absolutely amazing. He might be one of the smartest men on the planet but he is equally flawed and Rush doesn’t hide that in his performance. From his frustration with his work, to the love of his wife, the constant pressure from the government and believing there was no hope for reuniting with his son – this is a performance that can only be called stunning.

Watson as Elsa is a woman who understands the complexities of her husband. That doesn’t mean she agrees with his behaviors but she forgives him in her own way for it all. McCormack as Marija offers Einstein a chance to love again but his heart gets in the way of the realities.

Laing as Helene is the one constant and steady thing in Einstein’s life and Elsa knew that before she died. She is the backbone of his life and I personally can’t imagine Einstein being able to keep his life going without her. Well done Laing in playing a role that isn’t front and center but is one of the most important in the series.

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National Geographic has brought a series that is a must-see for everyone. It is a story about the history of one man yes, but it is also the story of those around him. Knowing that it isn’t easy to being partly responsible for creating the road to destruction but Einstein tries to undue what he can.

GENIUS. The Last Chapter is from Academy Award-Winners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard which is thrilling in itself but adding Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush is nothing short of brilliant. Based on the book Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson, there is so much that I never knew about this man. This finale doesn’t leave any stone unturned in telling the life of this complex man.

In the end – he wanted to answer the secrets of the universe!

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: Dead Men Tell No Tales

 

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Jeri Jacquin

Jack is back this week in theatres as directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg along with Walt Disney Pictures is PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) is a young man who wants one thing – to see his father Will Turner permanently returned to dry land. What he needs is Poseidon’s Trident and the map that will lead him there to break the curse holding his father deep in the ocean.

Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) is a young woman who holds a map to the where the trident is and only she can read it. Basically it’s because she can read the stars where as most pirates can’t, well, read.

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Someone who can help them is Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) but he’s not having the best lucky with a crew lately. As if that’s not enough, Henry tells Jack that a ghost named Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) pretty much wants his head on a platter.

Unphased by the prospect of losing his head, Jack is more focused on what he’s always focused on – getting his hands on the Pearl! When Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) comes upon the hair flowing Captain Salazar, a deal is struck to find Jack together.

Jack, Henry and Carina try to stay one step ahead of Barbossa and Barbossa tries to stay two steps ahead of Salazar. As they all get closer to the prize, there are still scores to settle and a few surprises for them all.

This is the life of a pirate!

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Depp as Jack Sparrow puts a period at the end of his time as a pirate. His usual throwing caution to the wind and not being upset by much, Depp throws out lines and facial reactions that will make the audience laugh. Jack Sparrow is endearing and even to the very end he seems to be able to come out with what he truly wants.

Thwaites as Henry Turner is a young actor that is able to pull off the role of a kid who just wants his Dad back. Becoming somewhat of an expert on the legends of the sea, Thwaites is charming, caring and daring all rolled into one. Scodelario as Carina is a smart young woman who is misunderstood by, well, pirates. Looking for the trident is her mission to finding her own family.

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Rush as Barbossa is his usual peg-legged self who wants to keep the money rolling in and going up against Jack is just topping on the cake. Bardem as Salazar is kind of creepy but then again he is a tad upset at Jack so we have to let him get out his frustration.

Other cast include Kevin McNally as Gibbs, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, Adam Brown as Cremble, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner and Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann. There is also a cameo appearance that had the audience cheering so look out for that!

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a fantastical journey’s we have all enjoyed with Captain Jack Sparrow. Although the film isn’t really a stretch in terms of a storyline (meaning kind of predictable or else I’m just getting really good at this) but the special effects are cool. Of course they would be in a Disney film right?

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It has been an adventure from 2003 until now with characters that are memorable and have become iconic. Disney has done a good job in wrapping up this series of films (I hope it’s a wrap!) in such a way that I don’t think anyone will be disappointed.

Everyone jumps on board for another adventure and a few surprises as well. This is fun for the family for the holiday weekend with laughs, adventure, action and characters that once again having us cheer for our favorite pirate.

In the end – it is the final tale of a pirate’s life!

GODS OF EGYPT Needs a Prayer

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Jeri Jacquin

Landing in theatres this Friday from director Alex Proyas and Summit Entertainment is the spectacle of GODS OF EGYPT.

It is a time of change in Egypt as Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is about to crowned the new king. Surrounded by the people he will serve and the other deities the crown is almost on his head – almost.

Uncle Set (Gerard Butler) arrives to give nephew a gift that includes murder and a take over of the throne. To make sure Horus isn’t a problem, Set takes the eyes of Horus stripping him of any powers. Set makes the announcement that all will follow him or perish, that includes Hathor (Elodie Yung), Mistress of the West and lover to Horus.

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Watching the horror is Bek (Brenton Thwaites), a young mortal with his love Zaya (Courtney Eaton). Now slaves to the new ruler, Bek wants nothing more than to rescue Zaya from master builder Urshu (Rufus Sewell).

Believing the only way to do that is to return sight to Horus, the two embark on a journey that will take them to the underworld, on a search for wisdom with Thoth (Chadwick Boseman) and to the heavens to seek counsel from Ra (Geoffrey Rush). If you think Set is going to take this all without flexing a muscle – you’d be so very wrong.

While Bek and Horus move closer to Set, it is only a matter of time before they clash for an epic battle to save the people of Egypt!

Butler as Set is an uncle who has serious Ra-daddy issues. Jealousy seems to be his main problem and thus begins the reason behind his little tantrums, lashing out with sharp objects, making the life of his ex miserable, unresolved daddy-loved-you-more rages all leading up to a narcissism bath while thinking the world owes him something. This is Leonidas evil twin only wearing a bit more and the immortals wear red. Hey, Butler still looks good!

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Coster-Waldau as Horus is a spoiled little brat who lays around thinking the world is his oyster and that the little people are at his Bek and call. Not taking the role of King seriously enough he blows a horn and loses his eyes. Sulking in the ruins Jamie Lannister must learn to see again with only one good eye – oh wait, I mean Horus. Lying to get what he wants, upset that his deity girlfriend didn’t wait around pining for him, unable fetch his own water and misleading mortals is a full time job for a vengeful not-yet king.

Thwaites as Bek is a fairly straight forward mortal hero who isn’t all that impressed by the large gold-oozing gods. In fact, he seems down right irritated with them and doesn’t even have the decency to fall under their spells – what nerve! Thwaites has a great sense of humor and adventure and seems to have it together way more than his ‘superiors’.

Yung as Hathor is just a chick in a bad dress who avoids the underworld like the plague by wearing very expensive jewelry and bedding the enemy to keep her head. Yep, that about sums her up. Eaton as Zaya was just to dumb for her own good and ends up trekking along creepy roads with Anubis who seems to be on peasant escort duty.

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Sewell as Urshu is a bad guy who happens to build pretty cool structures; then again we’ve always known Sewell can play a good bad guy. Boseman as Thoth is self-centered wisdom seeker with an ear damaging accent who can’t answer a riddle the first time to humongous sand dog. Yep, the mortal has to remind a deity to think like a mortal to save the lives of the gods – huh?

Finally, Rush as Ra, I mean what is there to say. How could Rush pass up an opportunity to wear a very cool grey braid, zap what looks to be a coal dust sand worm on a nightly basis, and boat around the universe on top of Tinker bells fairy dust!

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give GODS OF EGYPT two and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. I have a list a mile long but will try to keep it all in perspective. First, the sound quality of the film is loud music that drowns out the dialogue in the beginning. I still can’t tell you what was said. The narration is confusing to the point of madness and I’m not sure if it was what was said or how it was said that made me crazy.

The money obviously went into making this film a huge CGI spectacle and that’s where the film goes wrong. I have seen all of these special effects before (and yes I have a list of films if you want it) so there was nothing special about them. The film relies on that so heavily it is almost as if the characters and dialogue come in a distance tenth to everything else.

I truly wanted to like the film, I even chuckled a few times because there is humor in it but everything else is just a hot mess. For example, in the beginning – why are the bathers the size of hobbits? Why are the deities looking in the same direction as the mortals yet the mortals are five feet shorter? What was up with Hathor’s hideous outfit? Is Leonidas having a midlife crisis? Is Jamie Lannister losing more body parts? Yea, the list is endless.

So we have Ra with a British accent, Set with an Irish accent, Horace with a Dane accent, a couple of mortals with Australian accents, Thoth with a bit of a southern accent, and an underworld deity with a French accent – and they say there is no cultural diversity in Hollywood.

Admittedly, if it weren’t for Butler and Coster-Waldau I would have left the theatre 15 minutes into the film. I came for beef-cake and that’s what I got in gold.

In the end – the battle for eternity begins!

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