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Phoenix Flames Out

imagesThe final movie in Fox’s long running X-Men franchise (provided that New Mutants actually comes out), Dark Phoenix was poised to end this phase of Marvel’s mutants with a bang. But reviews and box office proved that Fox’s mutants went out not with a whimper, but more of a collective “shrug” from audiences. Despite changing release dates for more reshoots, the final X-Men movie couldn’t stand out among the comic book movie crowd of 2019, especially when it’s compared to the bombastic finale that was Avengers: Endgame. Read the rest of this entry

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Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

462-film-page-largeX-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Lawrence, Kodi Smit-Mcphee, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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My overall anticipation for X-Men: Apocalypse has been pretty muted. Despite being a big fan of X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past, I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing from the promotional materials that I have seen for Bryan Singer’s latest X-opus. Perhaps it’s because Batman V Superman and Captain America: Civil War were the bigger comic book movies of the year, or maybe it’s because of the Ivan Ooze-ness of the first picture of Apocalypse, but something just wasn’t clicking for me. To borrow a phrase from another Marvel franchise, my “spider-sense was tingling”. Regardless, I’m a huge fan of Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy’s takes on Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier, so I went into this movie knowing that at least part of my ticket purchase was going towards them. Read the rest of this entry