A three-minute rundown of the best (and worst) of this week’s film releases, including the go-to movie for the weekend.
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FilmWeek Marquee: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ ‘Baywatch,’ ‘Long Strange Trip’ and ‘Afterimage’

Jerry Garcia backstage before a Grateful Dead concert in Golden Gate Park 09/28/1975.
Jerry Garcia backstage before a Grateful Dead concert in Golden Gate Park 09/28/1975.
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Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig and Wade Major review this week's most memorable releases.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" (PG-13)

Wade: MISS  ❌

“This has so, so overstayed its welcome, this franchise. It’s been well over a decade since the first film, and everything is really, really long in the tooth. This is like the guest that came and they were funny for an hour, and five hours later you just want them to leave and go home.”

Claudia: MISS ❌

“Even Javier Bardem cannot save this film. It’s really incoherent, too. It’s not that it’s complicated, but it’s not well laid-out and well-directed. Johnny Depp just goes through the motions. This is a big miss.”

“Baywatch” (R)

Claudia: MISS ❌

“As much as I love Dwayne Johnson, I do not love this film… this just felt very tired. The original [TV show] was just blah. It wasn’t like ‘21 Jump Street’ that jumpstarted… ”

Wade: MISS ❌

“…That should be the model. ‘21 Jump Street’ where they just go full satire and just own the low bar the original show set. But they don’t, they try to pay homage to it a little bit too loyally and that undercuts the film.”

"Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead" (R)

Claudia: HIT  ✅

“I never really understood the immense popularity of the Dead, but I would say that this almost made me a Deadhead. This is enthralling, completely immersive, brilliant, epic, this is just one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in a very, very long time.”

Wade: HIT ✅

“I agree. I think this has to be some kind of an Oscar frontrunner at this point. It’s riveting. I am not a Deadhead…. and I was gripped for the full 4 hours.”

“Afterimage” (Unrated)

Claudia: HIT ✅

“This is a beautiful, haunting and really well-shot film about Stalinism, and what it’s like being an artist under a totalitarian regime. It’s classically done, understated and really quite impressive.”

Wade: HIT ✅

“The final film by the great Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajdal, [who] died last year at the age of 90. It’s a wonderful swan song for him.”