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There is a lot of monkey business in this movie, and I see a trend developing. First, the little pirate monkey in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” and now the cute primate that latches on to the lost boys of “H2.” One thing is for sure: If the show’s not funny, you can always cut to the monkey.

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Aye, mateys, come aboard for another rousing pirate adventure with Jack Sparrow. That’s Capt. Jack Sparrow to you, as he reminds us frequently during this fourth installment of one of Disney’s most successful franchises. Already there is rumor of a fifth film underway, and with record-breaking box office earnings in its first weekend, it’s a sure bet you haven’t seen the last of Cap’n Jack.

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Since when does a chick flick and a “R” rating go together? It’s a melding of the merry minds of Judd Apatow, the king of bromance, and Kristen Wiig, one of SNL’s most talented performers.

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At first, the union of Shakespearean actor and director Kenneth Branagh and a Marvel comic book hero seems like a mismatch of thunderous proportion. Just think back to Ang Lee and “Hulk” and what a colossal mistake that was. But the mythical gods were with us on this one, and Branagh brings just the right balance to what could have been just another beefcake-in-a-cape caper.

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Sharing screens this summer with super heroes and comic book characters are a lot of promising comedies. So along with the bam, crash, bang, you can enjoy a few laughs, too.

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