Tag Archive: Johnny Depp

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

BB.5 (out of 5) J.K. Rowling exploits her fans for all they’re worth in this original screenplay based in the world of her megahit Harry Potter series, taking place decades before the action… Continue reading

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Black Mass

BB (out of 5) Combining a true-life crime figure who was larger than life with the tradition of charismatic mob dramas that have been coming from the Warner Bros logo for decades should… Continue reading

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Into The Woods

BBB (out of 5) The ever-popular Tony Award-winning Broadway musical has finally made its way to the big screen via the purveyor of the modern movie singalong, Rob Marshall.  It keeps the plotting… Continue reading

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Lucky Them

BBBB (out of 5) Toni Collette plays a columnist for a Seattle music magazine whose lifestyle of getting drunk with rockers and infuriating her boss with her inability to meet deadlines is starting to… Continue reading

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Rango

BBBB (out of 5) Did you ever wonder what all those scaly critters were doing during westerns while John Wayne was duking it out against the bad guys? Apparently having a showdown of… Continue reading

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End

BB (out of 5) Johnny Depp hilariously sashays his way through another overblown mess in this third pirate adventure inspired by the Disneyland ride. Picking up where the last chapter left off (the two… Continue reading

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

B (out of 5) Hackneyed sequel to the successful original is only worthwhile as a continued showcase for Johnny Depp‘s immensely likable Captain Jack Sparrow. Orlando Bloom‘s Will Turner is arrested along with… Continue reading

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl

BB.5 (out of 5) A young woman (Keira Knightley) grows up in British-controlled Jamaica hoping for all the things that “modern” women in period movies long for: a marriage to someone with integrity… Continue reading

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Charlie: The Life and Art Of Charles Chaplin

BBBB (out of 5) Those disappointed in Richard Attenborough’s film Chaplin should definitely take a look at this excellent documentary, as it features information on his colourful personal life but concentrates on what… Continue reading

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Once Upon A Time In Mexico

BB.5 (out of 5) The events of Desperado have now been followed up by a grandly filmed sequel, with Antonio Banderas returning as the guitar-slinging gunman and Salma Hayek making a brief appearance… Continue reading

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The Astronaut’s Wife

BBBB (out of 5) Exciting, stylish thriller by first time director Rand Ravich that apes the best elements of classic horror films like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Rosemary’s Baby. Charlize Theron is excellent… Continue reading

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21 Jump Street

BBB.5 (out of 5) The popular eighties television series has been given the Brady Bunch Movie treatment in this surprisingly fun spoof. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum make a pleasing on-screen buddy team as… Continue reading

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Don Juan DeMarco

BB.5 (out of 5) Johnny Depp stars as a young man who insists he is the famed lover who woos women and makes their dreams come true. Marlon Brando plays the psychiatrist who has to… Continue reading

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Arizona Dream

BB (out of 5) Johnny Depp plays a naturalist’s assistant in New York who is summoned home to Arizona to attend the funeral of a close relative. When he gets there he is suckered… Continue reading

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Secret Window

BBB (out of 5) Johnny Depp plays a blocked writer who is living in a cabin in the woods six months after he found his wife (Maria Bello) in bed with another man (Timothy… Continue reading

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From Hell

BB.5 (out of 5) Annoyingly boring movie about Jack The Ripper that was intended by directors Allen and Albert Hughes to be the definitive movie on the world’s premier and most mysterious serial… Continue reading

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Chocolat (2000)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) What threatens to be a predictable, half-baked Miramax experience turns out to be a delightful surprise as enjoyable as its titular treat. Juliette Binoche is so beautiful it’s a… Continue reading

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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

BBB.5 (out of 5) Touching family drama about the young man of the title (an excellently subdued Johnny Depp) growing up in his strange family in a strange small town. His mentally challenged… Continue reading

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

BB.5 (out of 5) What better way to celebrate three multi-billion dollar-grossing films than to just keep making more of them. This time the producers have at least recognized where the money is… Continue reading

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The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus

BB (out of 5) Good luck figuring out what is going on here. A magical travelling show appears in the middle of London whose painted backdrops, once entered, take a person to alternate… Continue reading

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Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas

0 (out of 5) Painfully unwatchable film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel stars a very funny Johnny Depp in the lead role as Thompson’s alter ego. Benicio Del Toro comes along for the drug-induced… Continue reading

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Finding Neverland

BB.5 (out of 5) Following the abysmal failure of his play Little Mary, Irish playwright J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) finds himself wandering around London with his giant pet dog in search of inspiration… Continue reading

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Platoon

BBBBB (out of 5) Outstanding film about the Vietnam war that is right up there with The Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now, and stands on its own merit for being the best of… Continue reading

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The Libertine

BBBB (out of 5) Exciting drama based on the play by Stephen Jeffreys (who also wrote the witty screenplay) about the real-life Earl Of Rochester (aka John Wilton) who was famed for his… Continue reading

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Blow

BB.5 (out of 5) For anyone who can’t afford to rent all of GoodFellas, Boogie Nights, Casino and Traffic, this film liberally steals from all of them and combines them into one less… Continue reading

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A Nightmare On Elm Street

BBB.5 (out of 5) The first in a long series of films, joining Friday The 13th and Halloween as the triad of horror franchises that dominated the box office in the 80s. Though… Continue reading

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The Man Who Cried

BBBB (out of 5) Poetic melodrama from director Sally Potter that follows the plight of an orphaned Russian Jewish girl (Christina Ricci) raised by a childless couple in London in the thirties.  As… Continue reading

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Donnie Brasco

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Superb dramatization of the true life events involving undercover cop Joseph Pistone’s experiences while investigating a powerful mob boss. Johnny Depp is brilliantly subtle in the role, and he’s… Continue reading

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The Ninth Gate

BBB.5 (out of 5) This latest piece by Roman Polanski doesn’t quite pay off in the end as well as it should, but it’s a fascinating thriller all the same. Johnny Depp is terrific… Continue reading

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Benny & Joon

BB (out of 5) A mentally challenged woman (Mary Stuart Masterson) is an emotional burden on her kindly brother (Aidan Quinn) until a mysterious Buster Keaton-loving stranger (Johnny Depp) enters her life and… Continue reading

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Private Resort

B (out of 5) Cinema of the eighties is rife with idiotic, sexed-up comedies aimed at teenagers, and this forgettable entry would have been swept under the rug in recent years if it… Continue reading

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The Tourist

B (out of 5) Johnny Depp is an American math teacher innocently travelling through Europe who is amazed when a gorgeous British woman (Angelina Jolie) sits down beside him on a train to Venice.… Continue reading

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Edward Scissorhands

BBB.5 (out of 5) Though uneven in story and tone, this enjoyable outsider comedy has a lot of visual brilliance and character poignancy to make it one of Tim Burton’s most notable achievements.… Continue reading

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Ed Wood

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Stunning film biography of late B-movie filmmaker Edward D. Wood, Jr., that could be director Tim Burton’s masterpiece. Shot in gorgeous, sumptuous black-and-white, it stars a phenomenal Johnny Depp in… Continue reading

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Sleepy Hollow

BBBB (out of 5) Deliciously gothic fun from Tim Burton that rivals any of the neo-realized classic horror-story films (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) made up until this point. Johnny Depp is wonderful as… Continue reading

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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

BBB.5 (out of 5) Roald Dahl’s everlasting children’s book, previously filmed in 1968 with Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, has been turned into another fun, kooky adventure by the… Continue reading

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Corpse Bride

BBB.5 (out of 5) Beautifully animated romantic tale utilizes the same stop motion animation that made The Nightmare Before Christmas so memorable. Taking place in Tim Burton’s accustomed world of gothic delights, the… Continue reading

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Alice In Wonderland (2010)

B (out of 5) Years after she originally fell down the rabbit-hole, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is attending a garden party where she sticks out like a sore thumb. She is nineteen but still… Continue reading

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Dark Shadows

BBB (out of 5) The cult classic television show of 1966 is brought to the big screen with pleasant results by Tim Burton, the master of the toothlessly delightful macabre.  Johnny Depp is a… Continue reading

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

BBBBB (out of 5) Every note rings out loud and beautiful in this stunning achievement by Tim Burton, adapting Stephen Sondheim’s hit Broadway musical to the screen with great effect. Burton’s alter ego… Continue reading

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Before Night Falls

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Gorgeous adaptation of Reinaldo Arenas’ best-selling autobiography of the same name. Javier Bardem gives a towering performance as Arenas, the Cuban poet who found himself constantly in a state of… Continue reading

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Nick of Time

BB.5 (out of 5) Johnny Depp plays an innocent bystander whose daughter is suddenly kidnapped by unknown thugs and he finds out what he has to do to get her back:  assassinate an important… Continue reading

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