Dive into the Long Weekend with 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,' 'The First Grader' and 'Last Night' in Our Weekly Film Roundup

Dive into the Long Weekend with 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,' 'The First Grader' and 'Last Night' in Our Weekly Film Roundup
It's Friday, which means that the latest theatrical releases are primed and ready to get asses in seats and popcorn in mouths. So, unless you have crazy long weekend plans that involve sitting in traffic jams and eating gastrointestinally questionable roadside cuisine, you might want to check out our take on the latest releases in the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section to see if a shorter trip to the cinema might be a better option.

Many were surprised to hear about Johnny Depp signing on for a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, especially considering the absence of trilogy helmer Gore Verbinski and plucky romantic interest Keira Knightley. But he did and now we have Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (pictured) hitting theatres with Rob Marshall in the director's chair. Want to know if it's any good? Read our review to find out.

If self-righteous piety is more to your liking, Other Bolelyn Girl director Justin Chadwick is back with heavy-handed biopic The First Grader, which is about an 84-year-old Kenyan villager that goes back to primary school. Is it heartfelt? Is it inspiring? You could guess or you could read up on our take.

It seems that even though Keira Knightley wasn't involved in the latest instalment of a theme park franchise, she was still working in a thespian capacity. Last Night opens this weekend and features Knightley and Sam Worthington as a married couple teetering on infidelity and questioning the definition of cheating, be it emotional or physical.

And lastly, on the documentary front, we have a review of Forks Over Knives, wherein a surgeon and biochemist use biased samples to come to the broad conclusion that degenerative diseases could be prevented by eating whole foods. How trendy!

To read up on additional theatrical film reviews, check out the Exclaim.ca Recently Reviewed section.