Gary Thompson is the Daily News film critic.
THE KIDDIE audience might not recognize the voice of the Pirate Captain in “Pirates: Band of Misfits!” but it belongs to Hugh Grant. Older viewers might not recognize it either — it’s been three years since Grant has made a movie. His last was “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” Grant’s one-billionth romantic comedy, and a project apparently so awful it soured him on movies completely.
THE BEST THING about the new thriller “The Raven” is John Cusack’s amped-up performance as Edgar Allan Poe. Cusack lost 30 pounds and pushed himself to the point of exhaustion to play Poe, a sometime action figure in “The Raven” who gallops on horseback through the fog and shoots guns. Cusack, however, said the really taxing aspect of the role was trying to achieve Poe’s famously agitated mental state.