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10 Big movies to check out this weekend

The fourth movie in Disney’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise hits theaters Friday.

1 ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ This Disney franchise’s fourth installment is such a huge deal that no other studios dared to put out a major release on the same weekend. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is back with Angelica (Penelope Cruz) in tow.

2 ‘Midnight in Paris’ Woody Allen’s latest movie is easily one of his best in years, with Owen Wilson starring as a tourist in Paris who gets swept away to 1920s France each night to socialize with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Picasso and Hemingway.

3 ‘Bridesmaids’ As every woman knows, a good friend’s wedding means drama, eccentric and annoying long-lost friends — and over-imbibing. Expect all that, but funnier, from SNL ladies Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph in “Bridesmaids.”

4 ‘Priest’ The last time we saw Paul Bettany, he was opening his mouth freaky-wide for that apocalyptic film, “Legion.” Now he’s in post-apocalypse mode as a priest out to avenge his niece in a world besieged with vampires.

5 ‘Hesher’ Unlikely subject enters the lives of a broken family, throws it into chaos and helps them be the ideal family they never knew they could be. And this time, the subject is a metal-head, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

6 ‘Everything Must Go’ Will Ferrell plays a hapless, lapsed alcoholic whose wife locks him out of the house with his possessions strewn on the front yard. Opportunities for funny? Plenty. But this film brings the drama too.

7 ‘Thor’ Will the Shakespearean director Kenneth Branagh be able to produce empty-headed fun with Chris Hemsworth as the lead? By the hammer of Thor, we hope so.

8 ‘Something Borrowed’ Is it just us, or is Kate Hudson constantly playing the jerk who always wins? In this one, she steals Ginnifer Goodwin’s man, but we’d be happy to see Goodwin’s character end up with John Krasinski anyway.

9 ‘Jumping the Broom’ This wedding tale set on Martha’s Vineyard shows two African-American families clashing over their divergent economic backgrounds.

10 ‘Fast Five’ Don’t ask us to explain why this movie has done so incredibly well. Maybe it’s that whole heist-car-chase-hot-chicks thing it has going. Or maybe it’s just the presence of The Rock.

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