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May 28, 2017
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Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Salazar’s Revenge

* For reasons I have not yet figured out, this movie is called Dead Men Tell No Tales in the US but over here in Malaysia, they’ve gone with Salazar’s Revenge. While I like the sound of Dead Men Tell No Tales as the title of a pirate-themed movie, after watching it I think Salazar’s Revenge is probably better.

Jack Sparrow apparently has a neverending list of people who hate him. This time it’s a Spanish naval officer named Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), who has been condemned to an undead life after Jack trapped him in the Devil’s Triangle. Will Turner’s son, Henry (Brenton Thwaites), is seeking Jack as well. He thinks Jack Sparrow can help him find the Trident of Poseidon, which can purportedly control the seas and break any curse – such as the one binding Will to the Flying Dutchman. Jack and Henry end up with two more new friends in Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a scientifically-minded woman who knows how to locate the Trident, and Captain Barbossa.

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May 7, 2017
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You Mean the World to Me

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Saw Teong Hin’s latest, Hai-Kinn Sin-Loo 海墘新路, is Malaysia’s first Hokkien movie. It goes by the English title of You Mean the World to Me, although the Hokkien title actually refers to Penang’s Victoria Street. (I prefer the Hokkien title.) HKSL is the story about Sunny, a director who returns to his hometown, Penang, to make a movie about his family in an attempt to find some redemption and some closure about a traumatic family secret.

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