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Movie Review – X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

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X-Men: Apocalypse, 2016.

Directed by Bryan Singer.

Starring James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Sophie Turner, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Olivia Munn, Lana Condor, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Lucas Till, and Hugh Jackman

Synopsis:

With the emergence of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.

“You can fire your arrows from the Tower of Babel… but you can Never… Strike… Gooooooooooooddddd!!!” – An enraged yet collected Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac has no time for dance numbers in this one).

Not to compare X-Men: Apocalypse or the franchise to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the one consistent flaw that can be lobbed at those films is a lackluster villain with poorly defined and/or generic motivations. There are a couple of good ones here and there, but Marvel has basically reached a point where Captain America »

- Robert Kojder

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‘X-Men’ Dominating Johnny Depp’s ‘Alice’ with $80 Million

6 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

X-Men: Apocalypse” is showing superhero power at the U.S. box office with a formidable $80 million over the four day of the Memorial Day holiday — doubling “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” Saturday estimates showed.

U.S. audiences responded enthusiastically to Fox’s latest iteration of its sturdy “X-Men” franchise, which is performing in line with recent expectations. In a rare battle of tentpole franchise films opening against each other, Friday’s first day for “Apocalypse” generated about $26.4 million  at 4,150 locations while Johnny Depp’s “Alice” sequel finished under $10 million at 3,763 sites, projecting to a four-day total of around $40 million that’s well below earlier forecasts.

X-Men: Apocalypse,” the fourth “X-Men” movie directed by Bryan Singer, is continuing an impressive legacy on the Memorial Day holiday. Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opened to $110.6 million two years ago; in 2006, Brett Ratner’s “X-Men: The Last Stand” opened with $122.9 million.

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- Dave McNary

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X-Men: Apocalypse featurette details the creation of the Quicksilver scene

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20th Century Fox has released a new featurette for X-Men: Apocalypse, which details the practical visual effects work that went into the creation of the film’s Quicksilver slo-mo sequence; check it out here…

Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-men: Apocalypse. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy »

- Amie Cranswick

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X-Men: Apocalypse Review: Marvel Franchise Takes Step Back Despite Bryan Singer, Challenging Themes

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'X-Men: Apocalypse' with Oscar Isaac in the supervillainous title role. 'X-Men: Apocalypse' review: Step back for series, but latest 'X-Men' movie 'works well enough' There's a three-way brawl going on in the Marvel universe, but it doesn't involve Spider-Man, Captain America, or Deadpool. Instead, the combatants are the three major movie studios who've divvied up the film rights to Marvel characters in licensing deals, some of which go back decades. In this corner we have Sony, makers of a Spider-Man series that has sunk so low since 2004's Spider-Man 2 that they punted the character back to our second combatant, Marvel Studios. In 2004, after years of seeing the majors compromise their intellectual property by making horrible film adaptations, they decided to finance and produce their own damn movies, in what would develop into an unprecedented winning streak. To this day, just when you think they're finally out of gas, Marvel »

- Mark Keizer

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‘X-Men’ Hammering ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ at Friday Box Office

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X-Men: Apocalypse” is ruling the Memorial Day holiday weekend with a brawny $92 million over the four days — more than double “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” early estimates showed Friday.

Fox’s ninth “X-Men” movie was performing at the top end of  expectations of $80 million-plus with an opening day of $30 million, which included $8.2 million in Thursday night previews.

Disney’s “Alice” sequel was coming in well below recent forecasts — which had been as high as $60 million —  with a $10 million opening day Friday. That projects to a four-day total of around $40 million.

X-Men: Apocalypse,” the fourth “X-Men” movie directed by Bryan Singer, was poised to continue the  impressive legacy on the Memorial Day holiday. Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opened to $110.6 million two years ago; in 2006, Brett Ratner’s “X-Men: The Last Stand” opened with $122.9 million on its way to a $234.4 million total — both bests for the durable franchise

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- Dave McNary

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Bryan Singer rules out a director’s cut of X-Men: Apocalypse, talks deleted scenes

27 May 2016 1:33 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With X-Men: Apocalypse opening in the States today, director Bryan Singer has been chatting to Fandango about the movie, during which he confirmed that unlike X-Men: Days of Future Past, there will be not additional director’s cut or extended version of his latest foray into the world of the X-Men.

“There will be nothing like the Rogue Cut or anything like that”, Singer told Fandango. “I’m not a big fan of director’s cuts or extended editions, I never have been. In the case of Apocalypse, I removed what would be considered a conventional amount from the movie to protect what we call the collective experience of the feature theatrically. How it feels pace wise and movement wise.”

See Also: Olivia Munn wants Psylocke to join Deadpool in X-Force movie

Singer also touched upon some of the deleted scenes, stating that: “We do have a moment where Jubilee »

- Gary Collinson

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The Major Wolverine Questions We Have After X-Men: Apocalypse

27 May 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The following feature will dive into spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse, so Stop Reading Now if you haven.t yet seen the film. By now, you likely have heard that Weapon X is unleashed during a pivotal sequence in Bryan Singer.s X-Men: Apocalypse. After an explosion at Xavier.s mansion, Colonel William Stryker (Josh Helman) helicopters down and abducts some key members of the team, including Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Quicksilver (Evan Peters). A rescue mission is staged by Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), but in the process, the young trio releases a caged Wolverine, once again played by Hugh Jackman. It.s a cool sequence, allowing Wolverine to snap into "berserker" mode so he can eliminate . in gory fashion . an army of Stryker.s men as he flees the Alkali Lake facility. But the inclusion of this sequence In this »

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Olivia Munn wants Psylocke to join Deadpool in X-Force movie

27 May 2016 8:34 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Promoting the release of X-Men: Apocalypse in an interview with USA Today, actress Olivia Munn has expressed her hope that she’ll get to reprise the role of Psylocke alongside Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth in 20th Century Fox’s planned X-Men spinoff X-Force.

“That would be a really cool thing to do,” said Munn. “What [Reynolds] did with Deadpool was genius and I’m so excited for him. It would definitely be cool to see Deadpool and some of the other X-Men characters gather for an X-Force movie. I think that’s what the whole world is coming to — everybody unites together, right? It’s never just one character anymore. We all just become one movie.”

Fox has been developing an X-Force movie for several years now, with Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) originally attached to write the script [check out some early concept art here]. However, it looks like the project is being revamped post-Deadpool, »

- Gary Collinson

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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Review #2

27 May 2016 7:17 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Lucas Till, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Alexandra Shipp, Lana Condor, Olivia Munn | Written by Simon Kinberg | Directed by Bryan Singer

X-Men: Apocalypse storms (see what I did there?) into theaters this Friday, May 27 and attempts to right the timeline that was left a muddied mess after the X-Men: Days of Future Past film.

Bryan Singer returns to the directing chair once again and as the architect for the X-Men universe, his attempt to streamline the franchise has only made it more confusing.  It might be an overload of sub-par superhero films recently, minus the latest Captain America film, or it just might be the lack of good X-men films but X-Men: Apocalypse is a boring, bloated mess that is just a grade above Days of Future Past in terms of quality. »

- Jason Brigger

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Jennifer Lawrence vs. Olivia Munn -- Who'd You Rather? (X-Men Edition)

27 May 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

It's a battle of the X-Men leading ladies. 25-year-old blonde bombshell Jennifer Lawrence (left) and 35-year-old brunette babe Olivia Munn (right) are co-starring in the new "X-Men: Apocalypse" movie that hits theatres today.  Both are x-tremely attractive.  The question is... Read more »

- TMZ Staff

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Film Review #2: 'X-men: Apocalypse'

26 May 2016 10:21 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The most representative scene in X-Men: Apocalypse is a pivotal battle towards the end of the film, when an overgrown, all-powerful mutant attempts to flatten another with the strength of his gigantic thumb.  That, in a nutshell, is the story of the latest entry in the iconic franchise, helmed by Bryan Singer.  Indeed, it is symbolic of the current state of the series itself.  These movies have so set out to be bigger, louder, and grander with each new chapter, that they risk being crushed by their own weight.  While I do not share the dislike that other critics have voiced for Apocalypse, it is fair to wonder whether this sequel represents a step backwards or forward for the films.

The movie opens with a scene reminiscent of The Mummy.  An ancient, powerful creature gets close to achieving immortality but falls short, foiled by prescient humans.  Fast-forward to 1983 and, in »

- J Don Birnam

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X- Men: Apocalypse – Review

26 May 2016 8:47 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Uncanny X-Men – as they were once and sometimes called – have returned to show off their special abilities, remind us that being different is a gift not a curse, and of course, to save the world. However, the newest entry avoids the uncanny description even more by delivering a story that feels too normal or comfortable. Even for X-fans, this is a tedious page turner that’s rarely intriguing enough to make you want to see what happens in the next panel.

This time around the threat is one that feels all too familiar. In the opening prologue, a ritual in an Egyptian temple is performed to transform fresh-faced Oscar Isaac into the big blue baddie that the film is named after. But the transferring of powers or souls (or what have you) doesn’t go according to plan, burying the all-powerful mutant deep within the crumbling tomb and placing him in a coma-like state. »

- Michael Haffner

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A Beautiful Planet review – vivid earthly phenonema and zero-gravity haircare

26 May 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Imax galaxy quest reveals life in orbit and a breathtaking perspective on our planet’s landmasses, with a little over-earnest narration by Jennifer Lawrence

With such Imax credits as writer of Mission to Mir and director of Hubble 3D to her name, Toni Myers is doing as much as any film-maker to map the galaxy’s outer reaches. Her latest large-format eye-opener achieves a breathtaking new perspective on Earthly life by floating cameras among astronauts aboard the International Space Station (Iss). Tim Peake’s Twitter feed: mere dilettantism in comparison. 

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- Mike McCahill

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Box Office: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Powers to $130 Million Ahead of U.S. Debut

26 May 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

X-Men: Apocalypse” has powered to $130 million at the international marketplace ahead of its U.S. opening this weekend.

The tentpole, the ninth “X-Men” movie from Fox, opened impressively last weekend with $101 million from 20,596 screens in 77 markets. It launched first in all territories. “Apocalypse” earned the biggest Fox opening weekend ever in seven territories: India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and the Dominican Republic.

South Korea saw a strong debut day on Thursday with $1.7 million from 1,216 screens and a 57% market share. “Apocalypse’s” debut marks fourth-highest opening day ever for Fox, behind its Korean drama “The Wailing,” “The Martian” and “Deadpool.”

In addition to Korea and the U.S., Fox is also opening “Apocalypse” in Bangladesh, the Maldives, Mongolia and Myanmar this weekend. It’s expected to come in No. 1 at the U.S. box office with at least $80 million over the Memorial Day weekend.

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- Dave McNary

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Critics are trashing 'X-Men: Apocalypse,’ read these reviews

26 May 2016 12:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

While it hasn’t yet achieved the level of critical scorn of Batman v. Superman, X-Men: Apocalypse could be well on its way. The latest in the superhero franchise is currently polling at just 49 percent on Rotten Tomatoes’ “splat-o-meter” (BvS finished at 27 percent). And the reviews haven’t been pretty, not by a long shot. The movie, which features Jennifer Lawrence, Olivia Munn, Michael Fassbender and a crew of other crime fighters, is drawing criticism for being a by-the-numbers superhero flick with little depth. HitFix’s own Drew McWeeny had mixed feelings about it, saying fans will enjoy it but that it seems “awfully familiar.” McWeeny gave the Bryan Singer-directed movie a B-. Following are what some of the other leading critics had to say...   “The latest in the X-Men movie franchise is just X-meh.” Brian Truitt USA Today "Singer's fourth X-Men film is not just a step down, »

- David Eckstein

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“X-Men: Apocalypse” is another epic mutant battle

26 May 2016 12:33 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Did you know that the X-Men franchise is currently the longest running superhero franchise out there? Well, it is, which might surprise you. Though it didn’t get off the ground as early as the Batman or Superman franchises did, this one, which got going about 16 years ago, has managed to put out more product and sustain with the same creative team longer than any others. It’s to some degree a testament to quality, while also showing off how valuable a product it is. The latest in that assembly line? Why, none other than the sequel X-Men: Apocalypse, of course. Opening on Friday, this new outing for the mutant heroes looks to avoid the comic book movie fatigue that could be setting in this year, before the summer even starts, to boot. How is it? Well, read on to find out… This sequel, now I believe the eighth overall »

- Joey Magidson

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Jennifer Lawrence, X-Men Cast Hit Gma to Hype New Blockbuster (video)

26 May 2016 9:35 AM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Jennifer Lawrence was joined by “X-Men: Apocalypse” cast mates James McAvoy, Oscar Isaac and Sophie Turner of “Game of Thrones” fame on Good Morning America this morning (May 26) to hype the film. It’s expecting a big weekend opening despite poor reviews. Lawrence returns to the film series as shape-shifting mutant Mystique and she’s in the fight of her life against the penultimate villain. ...Read MoreJennifer Lawrence, X-Men Cast Hit Gma to Hype New Blockbuster (video) was first posted on May 26, 2016 at 12:35 pm.

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- Keith Girard

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X-Men: Apocalypse Review Roundup: Did Critics Like the Third Prequel?

26 May 2016 9:18 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and others are back to inspire, teach and most importantly, kick some evil mutant butt in X-Men: Apocalypse, the third film in a prequel series. In the movie, which is set in 1983, the two reprise their roles as Mystique and Professor Charles Xavier and strive to mentor a new group of mutants so they can defeat a new but very old enemy, named, yep, Apocalypse. The new movie stars a slew of franchise newcomers, such as Oscar Isaac, who plays the baddie, Olivia Munn, who plays one of his allies, plus Game of Thrones' Sophie TurnerTye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Ben Hardy and Lana Condor. Other returning stars include Michael Fassbender, »

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Explore Xavier’s mansion in new X-Men: Apocalypse viral video, ‘New Recruits’ featurette released

26 May 2016 2:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With X-Men: Apocalypse set to open in the States tomorrow, 20th Century Fox has released its latest viral marketing video for the mutant superhero sequel, spoofing the long-running TV series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with Fables of the Flush & Fabulous, which takes us behind the doors of Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. Check it out below, along with a new featurette exploring the new recruits to the X-Men…

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Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-men: Apocalypse. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it »

- Gary Collinson

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Mystique Is No Hero In Another New Clip From X-Men: Apocalypse

25 May 2016 8:45 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When X-Men: First Class ended, Mystique was left on a path which could have easily seen her become the villain we all knew from the original X-Men trilogy. However, Days of Future Past shook things up by making some major changes to the timeline and established the shapeshifter as a hero. So, when X-Men: Apocalypse begins, Raven has become an icon in the eyes of mutants.

That’s a decision which has upset a lot of comic book fans who like seeing Mystique as a villain, but it’s a refreshing direction to take the character in, especially after years of seeing her serve as little more than a henchman of sorts for Magneto. However, based on the new clip from X-Men: Apocalypse in the player above, it’s not a role that the character is finding easy to embrace.

This scene has clearly been lifted from a fairly late point in X-Men: Apocalypse, »

- Josh Wilding

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