Summer Movie Preview: Hollywood's 15 Most Wanted

Blockbusters are like candy: you can enjoy a few, but pretty soon you need some real nourishment. Here, in order, are the summer films that we're most excited about—big or small, right or wrong.


May 8, 2006 issue -
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Three years ago, almost everyone predicted that "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" would be a cheesy also-ran in the big summer box-office race. Pirate movies had tanked for years. Johnny Depp had never had a real hit. Worst of all, it was based on a Disney theme-park ride. It just had to sink, right? Yeah. Like "Titanic." It not only raked in a massive $654 million worldwide but was a rollicking pleasure cruise that had the whole country yo-ho-ho-ing. We'd rather walk the plank than miss this sequel. (Or the third one, which will be released next summer.) Depp returns as the louche Capt. Jack Sparrow, who owes his soul to undersea captain Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), with his octopus beard, crab-claw arm and half-human/half-crustacean crew. On the eve of their wedding, Will (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) get yanked back into the shenanigans, and pretty soon they're seeking the spiritual guidance of a red-eyed, dreadlocked Gypsy queen (Naomie Harris), and Captain Jack is being served—ŕ la carte, no less—to an island of cannibals. We're betting he's going to be delicious. July 7
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