Beginning with a roar as a speeding motorcycle races by, director Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" injects nerve-jangling excitement into a tried-and-true drug trafficking disaster. The set up is elegant and quick. The Counselor, committing to marry his adored Laura, agrees to participate in a routine drug deal. His greed will, unsurprisingly, connect him with a ruthless drug network.
In several of his films, Spanish writer/director Pedro Almodóvar indulges a riotous zaniness, including "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" and "Volver." His newest "I'm So Excited" only periodically achieves the heights I expect from Almodóvar, though this much slighter film still delivers a few wonderfully zany moments.
This fourth entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is more accessible than the last Pirates' obtuse, convoluted chapters but no less bombastic. This 3D Pirates iteration seldom includes sunshine but it will probably brighten its fans' outlook to have the frivolity back minus the more outlandish creatures and ponderous ideas.