Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

DVDs: Latest Releases

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

DVDs: Latest Releases

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (12) ?? JACK Sparrow (Johnny Depp) joins forces with Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) to locate the Fountain Of Youth, one of the world's last undiscovered treasures.

The quest becomes infinitely more perilous when Jack is forced aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge captained by legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), who is also seeking the Fountain, aided by his sexy daughter, Angelica (Penelope Cruz). Using all of his guile, Jack must somehow outwit Blackbeard and Angelica and reach the Fountain before his rivals.

En route, he crosses paths with a hunky priest (Sam Claflin), whose attraction to a mermaid (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) tests his faith. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides starts off promisingly with a fast-paced extended sequence in London, which sees Jack escaping from the king's men by riding on the roofs of moving horse-drawn carriages.

Once the film takes to the water, the plot springs leaks and simmering screen chemistry between Cruz and Depp surprisingly never catches light. Depp is still funny and he delivers the droll one-liners with typical fervour.

However, even his considerable talent cannot keep an entire blockbuster afloat.

INSIDIOUS (15) ??? JOSH Lambert (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Renai (Rose Byrne) move into a new house with sons Dalton (Ty Simpkins) and Foster (Andrew Astor).

Late one night, Dalton hears a strange sound in the attic and foolishly goes to investigate. He glimpses a shadow and lets out a blood-curdling scream then slips into a coma. Three months later, Renai is taking care of Dalton at home while Josh works to keep a roof over their heads. The wife senses something terribly wrong in the home so Josh's mother Lorraine (Barbara Hershey) invites her supernaturally gifted friend, Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye), to survey the property, flanked by assistants Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson).

Insidious initially holds us in a vice-like grip, following the Paranormal Activity template by escalating the threat to the family from creaking doors and strange shadows to full-blown physical violence. …

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