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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