In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Pirates 5,' 'Baywatch' and More

Pirates of the Caribean- Dead Men and Baywatch - Split - Publicity - H 2017
Left, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Right, courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Read what THR's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings.

Pirates and lifeguards are among what's headed to theaters this weekend in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Baywatch.

Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend box office).

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Johnny Depp is back for the fifth adventure for Captain Jack Sparrow, who this time must face the revenge-seeking immortal pirate played by Javier Bardem. Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly and Geoffrey Rush reprise their roles as Will Turner, Elizabeth and Captain Barbossa along with newcomers Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario. THR critic John DeFore writes that “a very high bar was set the first go-round” with the first Pirates movie. With a plot that sees the son of Bloom and Keira Knightley's characters teaming with an orphan, "you might well label it Pirates: The Next Generation." DeFore continues, “But unlike the Star Trek franchise-extender, this one is nowhere near bold enough to think it can dispense with its aging protagonist: Johnny Depp's cartoonishly louche Keith Richards-meets-Hunter Thompson pirate Jack Sparrow, the globally recognized caricature who by now feels (appropriately) more like a theme-park mascot than a Hollywood swashbuckler.” Read the full review here.


Slow-motion running on the beach and red bikinis are back, but this time on the big screen as Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron team up as star lifeguards in the reboot of the original TV series. Alexandra Daddario and Kelly Rohrbach also star as part of the Baywatch team that fights against Priyanka Chopra's character after uncovering a crime that could threaten the beach. THR critic Frank Sheck says the R-rated, raunchy comedy is "boobs, butts and pecs" with an endless supply of F-bombs. He adds that "a character acknowledging that the proceedings resemble an 'entertaining but far-fetched TV show' isn’t enough to make Baywatch anything more than the cynical cash grab that it is." Read the full review here.

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios

After years the musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club popularized the forgotten-yet-vibrant gem of Cuban music in the '50s, the follow-up to Wim Wenders' 1999 doc revisits the group who shares their memories and experiences that brought them together.

The Here After

The Swedish/Polish drama follows a juvenile delinquent who returns from prison only to find it hard to let go of his guilt. The small town he returns to won't forget his past either. Stephen Dalton calls the film a "modestly compelling glumfest" in his review. He adds, "It smacks of quality workmanship, even if the story is ultimately too slight and familiar to leave a deep impression."