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Dinner and a Movie: 'Pirates’ Will Pillage Your Funny Bone

It may be Claymation, but it's the best pirate movie in years.

Editor's Note — Dinner and a Movie is our newest feature on Roseville Patch. We'll give you a quick review of a new movie, where and when it plays and a dinner idea to go along with it.

Dinner: Make it a big family outing with dinner at . Their Italian dishes will fill you up before or after seeing the film. You can share a pizza or indulge in some fresh pasta and finish with something sweet like their homemade chocolate cake made with warm ganache, chocolate toffee and topped with whipped cream. Plus, the kids can draw on the paper tablecloth while you eat.

Showtimes: "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" is playing at on N. Sunrise Ave. at 1 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 6:50 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and in 3D at 11:50 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 7:50 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Review: A below-average pirate captain (voiced by Hugh Grant) seeks to win the elusive Pirate of the Year award but faces some strong competition in "The Pirates! Band of Misfits."

From the folks who brought us Wallace and Gromit, the story is feather-light but strong enough to introduce the characters and establish their conflicts, which are pretty predictable. It's more of a comedy than an adventure, appealing to both children and adults.

Such a film should be a crowd pleaser at the box office. Audiences love pirate movies. Toss in some quirky characters, like a twisted Queen Victoria and Charles Darwin, and you have an evolutionary success.

The film is an enjoyable 90 minutes. The voice casting was mostly on merit and not stunt casting, making the film that much better in my opinion. I'm a big fan of this Claymation process, and it's even better with CGI.

This is perhaps the most enjoyable pirate movie since the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" film featuring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.

It's not trying to achieve true animation greatness, but it's worth going to see. The flick-o-meter gives "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" four out of five.

—Roseville Patch staff contributed to this story.

Film critic Brett Martin gives his take on a new release. See all Brett's reviews at www.flickedup.com, or follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/brettervideo.

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