X-Men: Apocalypse – The Road to Dark Phoenix

X-Men: Apocalypse may not be the satisfying third film in the series that one would like but it certainly does the job here. After being teased during a post-credits scene, we meet En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac) aka Apocalypse just before the transference.  The next thing we know, it’s 1983 and Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) awakens the sleeping mutant.  This also launches an earthquake felt across the globe.  At the same time, Mystique frees Kurt…

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X-Men: Days of Future Past – Road to Dark Phoenix

X-Men: Days of Future Past is certainly one of the best films in the entire X-Men series and unites both the new and old casts with stakes on the line. After being set up in The Wolverine, the action starts in 2023.  By this point, the elder Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Erik Lehnsherr (Ian McKellan) have gotten over their differences.  The two of them are working together in order to save both mutants and…

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X-Men: First Class – The Road to Dark Phoenix

X-Men: First Class does a solid job in taking things back to where it all begin when both Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr meet for the first time. A brief prologue lays the beginning foundations for Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), and Raven Darkhölme (Jennifer Lawrence).  I like that director Matthew Vaughn opts for a shot-for-shot recreation of the X-Men opening.  It’s a brilliant way to tie the new series into the…

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X-Men: The Last Stand- The Road to Dark Phoenix

X-Men: The Last Stand is practically non-existent and we owe our thanks to the ret-con provided in X-Men: Days of Future Past. It’s a shame that Scott Summers/Cyclops (James Marsden) gets the shaft.  Is this because Marsden decided to join Superman Returns?  Maybe.  Nobody could blame him for doing so with Bryan Singer helming the other film.  With Cyclops gone, both Storm (Halle Berry) and Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) take on an increase in leadership.  Wolverine…

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X2: X-Men United – The Road to Dark Phoenix

X2: X-Men United is the comic book adaptation that set the benchmark for all comic book films until The Dark Knight came calling five years later. After Alkali Lake was teased at the end of X-Men, the setting plays a larger focus in the sequel.  It’s the base for Col. William Stryker (Brian Cox), who happens to take on a more villainous role than Magneto (Ian McKelllan).  Stryker is no fan of mutants and lets…

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X-Men – The Road to Dark Phoenix

X-Men is one of the earliest Marvel Comics adaptations to take to the big screen in the newer age of cinema in recent years. After being on his own with no memory of who he was, Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) finds himself thrown into the middle of a war between Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Erik Lehnsherr (Ian McKellan).  Charles, known as the Professor, believes that mutants can co-exist with humanity.  Lehnsherr, known as Magneto, doesn’t…

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Mouthpiece makes strong choices

Mouthpiece makes some rather interesting storytelling decisions starting with the choice to have two people play the same character. The film is based on a play written by stars Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava.  Both of them star as a thirty-year-old writer Cassandra Haywood.  When her mother, Elaine (Maev Beaty), dies suddenly, she dives into a tailspin.  Elaine had given up her career because of having children.  This was supposed to be temporary but it’s…

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Rocketman: Elton John Biopic Musical Crushes It

Rocketman offers everything that we want in a well-crafted biopic musical of Sir Elton John from the show-stopping numbers to the costume changes. The man that we know as Elton John (Taron Edgerton) was originally Reginald Dwight.  He would eventually tour around the world as a rock star.  This film shows that transformation albeit with somewhat of a fantasy aspect.  Even for being fantasy, the film clearly has a heart.  It’s grounded by way of…

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters Is A Letdown

Godzilla: King of the Monsters may feature more of the titular anti-hero but the sequel’s script could have been stronger. With Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen unable to return due to scheduling conficts, a new family takes over.  Monarch scientists Mark (Kyle Chandler) and Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) split up as a result of the San Francisco incident.  However, the 2014 incident inspired Emma to revisit the bio-sonar prototype that they previously destroyed.  Emma’s plan…

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Godzilla: There’s Not Enough

While the 2014 Godzilla film is meant to serve as the first film in a new MonsterVerse, there’s simply not enough of the monster in action. The film starts off in the Philippines in 1999 where Monarch scientists Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) make a surprise discovery.  Whatever was awakened made its way to Janjira, Japan.  This is where we first meet Joe (Bryan Cranston) and Sandra Brody (Juliette Binoche).  There’s…

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