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

14 hours ago

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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“Alice Through the Looking Glass” will continue to print money for Disney

25 May 2016 12:24 PM, PDT

Disney certainly knows how to craft financially successful films. Especially when they take their animated classics and adapt them into live action features, the Mouse basically has a formula all but down pat. Opening this week, Alice Through the Looking Glass is the latest in that endeavor, one which was executed to tremendous effect recently with The Jungle Book. This one doesn’t appear to be nearly as strong a work, which makes sense considering the last installment in this now franchise was Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which I didn’t care for one bit. Still, it was a hit, and I highly suspect that this one will be a hit as well. The movie is, once again, a sequel to Alice in Wonderland, obviously. Taking place years after the first film, Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) is drawn back into Wonderland by her oppressed life in the real »

- Joey Magidson

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Oscar Isaac might be the most exciting actor in Hollywood

24 May 2016 4:18 AM, PDT

For my money, there are few actors right now doing better work than Oscar Isaac currently is. Since he’s burst on to the scene and transitioned from a working character actor to a scene stealer and leading man, he’s taken the industry by storm. For those unaware, X-Men: Apocalypse is Isaac’s next project and the latest in the long running superhero franchise. I’ll have more on that one in a few days, but I’m focusing today on Isaac himself, using a previous article on him as the jumping off point. Hopefully you enjoy, just like you enjoy Isaac’s work so far on the silver screen. I know I do… Here’s a slightly tinkered bit from a past piece on Isaac: “Two years ago, he was heavily in the running for an Academy Award nomination with A Most Violent Year. In fact, he received »

- Joey Magidson

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Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake” wins the Palme d’Or at Cannes

23 May 2016 4:28 AM, PDT

Yesterday, the 2016 Cannes Film Festival wrapped up with the distribution of a number of awards. Of course, the jury, this time around led by George Miller, threw us some real curveballs, but Cannes surprises when the Palme d’Or is given out is more or less par for the course. Especially considering how this was apparently a weak year over in the South of France, I suppose odd choices were a given. Miller and company opted to go with the well received but not expected to win I, Daniel Blake, from festival favorite Ken Loach. The filmmaker is a mainstay at Cannes, so it’s not a huge shocker, but it wasn’t a win that many were predicting. My predictions were way off the mark for this year’s fest, so we’ll just pretend that they don’t exist…right? Right. Good. Now, let’s get on with things! »

- Joey Magidson

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