Slide show: Summer is the season of mediocre retread cinema -- but which is the most dreadful ever made?
Summer is the season of sequels. Today brings the fourth entry in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise — a film that Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir kind of liked, but that other critics haven’t fancied at all. And next week brings two more sequels: “The Hangover 2″ and “Kung Fu Panda 2.” Will they equal the originals? Or will they be featured on future editions of today’s slide show on the Worst Sequels of All Time? Among other cinematic abominations, we’ve got a superhero movie, a car crash movie, a couple of monster movies, and a sequel to a certain 1970s musical drama that’s so atrocious that people who have seen it are still having trouble processing just how awful it is. Add your own pet outrages in the Letters section; the resulting list of toxically dreadful movies is almost certain to the more enjoyable than the upcoming “Transformers 3.”
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Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, speaks outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia Tuesday. His client was convicted of killing three babies in his clinic, and will serve multiple life sentences.
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A photo taken Monday captures Vice President Joe Biden's response to a Milwaukee second-grader's innovative proposal to end America's epidemic of gun violence. This guy!
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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., flanked by a grouper-eyed Michele Bachmann, addresses the IRS' admission that it targeted Tea Party groups in advance of the 2012 election. In an op-ed for CNN Thursday, the Kentucky senator slammed the president for his faux outrage.
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Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller is sworn in on Capitol Hill Friday. Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the extra scrutiny the agency gave conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
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Attorney General Eric Holder pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Holder is under fire, among other things, for the Justice Department's gathering of phone records at the Associated Press.
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O.J. Simpson sits during an evidentiary hearing at Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial.
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Major Tom to ground control: On Sunday astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded the first music video from space, a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
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When it rains it pours. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, inexplicably inspiring an #umbrellagate Twitter meme.
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A smoke plume rises high above a road block at the intersection of County A and Ross Road east of Solon Springs, Wis., Tuesday. No injuries were reported, but the the wildfire caused evacuations across northwestern Wisconsin.
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