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May 24, 2014 7:00 AM

NBC’s pirate drama ‘Crossbones’ delivers just enough sympathy for the devil

Mostly, “Crossbones” lets John Malkovich do John Malkovich. When something interrupts his cold scheming, Blackbeard paces around his headquarters, making menacing speeches in his unique diction, throwing in bursts of creative violence. He manages to be less of a walking cartoon than Jack Sparrow by dispensing just enough hands-on horror.

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