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  • Into the Woods (2014)

    Streep goes Into the Woods Review by Robert Denerstein: Musical trip into the woods looks great, but where is the magic?

  • Transcendence (2014)

    Depp achieves Transcendence Review by Matt Anderson: Transcendence pulsates with ambition and ideas, but it stumbles through the final act.

    Review by Robert Denerstein: A muddled look at the perils of artificial intelligence

  • The Lone Ranger (2013)

    The Lone Ranger rides behind Tonto Review by Matt Anderson: Part noble misfire and part rousing throwback

    Review by Robert Denerstein: Has its moments, but at 2 1/2 hours, movie tries to do far too much

  • Dark Shadows (2012)

    Depp hides in the Dark Shadows Review by Matt Anderson: Dark Shadows is simply a disappointing misfire.

    Review by Robert Denerstein: Visually elaborate, but dramatically flat

  • The Rum Diary (2011)

    Depp and Eckhart write The Rum Diary Review by Robert Denerstein: By now, debauchery modeled on Hunter S. Thompson has begun to feel old hat

    Review by Matt Anderson: The Rum Diary is a sweet spirit with subtle flavors.

  • Rango (2011)

    Rango more for movie buffs than kids? Review by Matt Anderson: Rango is a terrific movie, but it isn't for the kiddies.

    Review by Robert Denerstein: Sergio Leone meets Chuck Jones

  • The Tourist (2010)

    Review by Matt Anderson: With Jolie and Depp as the tour guides, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

  • Alice in Wonderland (2010)

    Depp's hatter is mad about Alice in Wonderland Review by Matt Anderson: A Tim Burton movie is a unique and visually exciting work of art

    DVD review by Matt Anderson: Tim Burton's most visually ambitious movie to date deserves a Blu-ray release with much more much

  • The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (2009)

    Review by Robert Denerstein: "Indulgent" doesn't go far enough

  • Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

    Depp goes for the jugular as Sweeney Todd Review by Matt Anderson: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp go for the jugular

  • Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten (2007)

    Strummer's Future is Unwritten Review by Matt Anderson: The coolest thing is watching Joe's bandmates and friends interviewed around the campfire

  • Inside the Actors Studio: Johnny Depp (2007)

    DVD review by Marty Mapes: Notorious for giving very few interviews, Depp agreed to go on Inside the Actors Studio

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

    Rush comes back as a good Pirate of the Caribbean Review by Matt Anderson: To say this one runs long really isn't much of a complaint.

    DVD review by Matt Anderson: There’s less booty this time, matey

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

    Knightly and Depp hunt a Dead Man's Chest Review by Matt Anderson: Jack Sparrow is the best, most "lived-in" international man of adventure since Indiana Jones

    DVD review by Matt Anderson: Cap'n Jack and the gang's latest is a DVD treasure trove.

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

    Depp is good to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Review by Matt Anderson: Burton's movie takes the term "eye candy" to an ever-higher level

  • The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan (2004)

    DVD review by Matt Anderson: "Crocumentary" adds nothing to Shyamalan or The Village

  • Finding Neverland (2004)

    Depp gets help from Highmore in Finding Neverland Review by Marty Mapes: Not so much a biography as a sweet, emotional drama

    DVD review by Marty Mapes: A Miramax crowd-pleaser that stole the hearts of the Academy. And I do mean stole.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

    Depp is cast away from the Pirates of the Caribbean DVD review by Matt Anderson: Pirates is a good old-fashioned crowd-pleaser and a modern-day popcorn classic

    Review by Marty Mapes

  • Donnie Brasco (1997)

    Review by Marty Mapes

  • Ed Wood (1994)

    DVD review by Matt Anderson: Ed Wood is a great movie about the guy who made some of the worst movies ever

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

    Review by Matt Anderson: The Fountain of Youth rejuvenates the Pirates franchise.

    DVD review by Matt Anderson: A solid fourth installment in the adventures of Cap'n Jack Sparrow.