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Film Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales



The Pirates of the Caribbean series is one of the highest grossing movie franchises ever to come to the big screen. With four movies grossing over $3.7 billion from 2003 to 2011, it was only a matter of time until the fifth installment of the swashbuckling action movie got the green light. Dead Men Tell No Tales may share the name of the franchise, but differs in the puerile tone of the previous three installments, instead drawing inspiration from the original flick. It is still what you would expect a Pirates of the Caribbean film to be: funny and enjoyable at times, but suffers from pacing and narrative issues that leaves the audience wanting more.


Patois of (Moving) Pictures


New Orleans has no shortage of social issues or artistic expressions. In a few days locals will have the opportunity to witness the convergence of the two when Patois: New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival returns. 12 screenings will feature works that address social and civil rights.


Quarterly Projections


Did the Oscars last weekend get you in the mood for the silver screen. If so, you’re in luck. The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) is ready for a full season of free films through their annual Movies in the Park series.


Yule Jewels

Movie Listings for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day



Christmas is a time for gving and celebration... and movies. For those who prefer their revelry in the dark--with air conditoning, the holiday holds plenty to see. Of course, there's Star Wars, those crazy Star Wars. However, there are lots of films to choose from like Quentin Tarantino's long awaited The Hateful Eight at Elmwood and The World of Kanako at Zeitgeist. NoDef has the full listings of films in the area for you.


Cruise's Krewe


Given the state of the lower quarter of the Lower Quarter, one might be forgiven for thinking they imbibed far too much on Halloween night and the last month has been a long dream. Royal Street is once again decked out with ghosts and ghouls. The retro makeover is all part of a massive movie shoot scheduled to continue through the weekend.


Considered: NOFF's Audience Awards


After an intense series of screenings, the New Orleans Film Fest is finally over. Last week, the jury prizes were announced, but one final piece of (show) business remained. Last night, the fest released the results of their audience awards.


Cinema Cubano


By Christopher Louis Romaguera

Cuba is a hot topic in New Orleans these days. The neighboring island nation is even showing strong at the New Orleans Film festival. We sat down with the brains behind two of the fest’s Cuban offerings, Tocando La Luz and Boxeadora, to learn a little more.


Cinema File

Film Fest Details Projected



The projectors are getting warmed up, the popcorn is popping, and the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) is nearly ready to roll. Today, the NOFF unveiled key details of the fest including their opening and closing films as well as some lagniappe.


The Doc Is In

True Orleans Film Fest Celebrates Non-Fiction



Are tired of the typical summer fare of paperback novels? This weekend, Shotgun Cinema’s True Orleans Film Festival will brush aside fiction in favor of three days of documentaries at UNO’s Nims Theatre. The event will feature five features, four panels, and lots of shorts. 


Today in NOLA: 6.15.15


Tonight is the perfect evening to take in some regular local gifts or check out a movie. On this day in 1910, Louisiana created Evangeline Parish, naming it after Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem about a young Acadian woman. More tonight:


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