Pirates of the Caribbean Debuts Friday

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Captain Jack is back

Captain Jack is back!

Today is the debut of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp as the heroic pirate Jack Sparrow.  The film also brings in a new face, with Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly not returning in this film.  Penelope Cruz has been added the cast, but Geoffrey Rush returns as Captain Barbossa.

This will be the fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Rob Marshall, who is known for his accomplishments in the TV movie Annie, and musical turned movie, Chicago, according to IMDB.com, directed the film.

In the movie, Captain Jack Sparrow is in search for the fountain of youth, when he comes across a woman from his past. During the voyage, Sparrow encounters mermaids, zombies, and Captain Blackbeard—“the pirate all pirates fear,” according to Sparrow.

According to Entertainment Weekly writer John Young, he expects Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides to bring in $93 million this week, which is the lowest out of the previous three films.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End made $115 million in its opening weekend in 2007.

Although there is a lot of excitement surrounding the movie, it has received some criticism. Rollingstone.com gave the movie a 2/4 star review saying, “But way before midpoint, Pirates 4 is infected with the repetitive action and blathering incoherence that scuttled its predecessors.”

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will be battling Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris this weekend. Midnight in Paris is a romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. A young engaged couple in the group faces the illusion that a life different from their own is better, according to IMDB.com. The film starts Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, and Michael Sheen.