Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13)

★★☆☆☆

Despite the subtitle, what’s strange about the diversions on offer here? Director Rob Marshall’s effort reminds us that Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) really was a good time in the first installments of this franchise. The fountain of youth serves as the booty here, and its eternal riches are being pursued by Sparrow, Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), a rogue Spanish pirate (Penelope Cruz) and Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Marshall doesn’t handle the action well, and Depp gets overexposed and underwritten.

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It takes somewhat longer for the awesomeness to turn all that awesome. And you can’t really replicate that element of surprise that the first movie had going for it: a fan boy panda that gets to team up with his martial arts heroes. But Kung Fu Panda 2 delivers more heart than laughs, and is, if anything, more visually dazzling than the 2008 original film.

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