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Dark Phoenix

Clearly trying to capitalize on the “end of an era” marketing that helped propel Avengers: Endgame into the box-office – and favorable-review – stratosphere, but instead making the problems found in X-Men: Apocalypse even worse, this final, quasi-origins installment of the mutant franchise is sorely lacking in heart, humor, depth and, ultimately, viewer satisfaction. It’s …

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Venom

Tom Hardy stars as Eddie Brock, a recently fired, renegade investigative reporter who’s known for thumbing his nose at authority and who’s probing the medical research being conducted by billionaire entrepreneur Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed). As Eddie quickly discovers, that research includes a covert study aiming to merge an alien “Symbiote” – think: angry, sentient …

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Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame doesn’t have much faith in the resilience of humanity. Five years after Thanos (Josh Brolin) made half of Earth’s (and the universe’s) population disintegrate into ash with a snap of his infinity-stone encrusted glove, apparently the spirit has gone out of everyone. No fun is to be had, stadiums are empty, garbage and …

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Logan

Set in the year 2029 – when, apparently, nothing (not technology, not clothes, not cars, etc.) really looks any different than it does in 2017 – the film centers on an aging, no-longer-as-sharp-as-he-used-to-be-Logan (Hugh Jackman), who’s traded saving the world for being a glorified Uber driver, drunkenly shuttling newlyweds, coeds and the filthy rich around, …

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Thor: Ragnarok

I have to admit, I’ve always found the presence of Thor, God of Thunder, in the Marvel universe a bit odd. Pretty much all the other superheroes are Earth-bound people who have powers because of some random accident. But then a Norse god is thrown into the mix, and for whatever reason, he is an …

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Doctor Strange

OK, so I know dismissing a whole Marvel movie based on the theory of white male privilege sounds dismissive, but a few hours after watching Doctor Strange, the latest in a slew of superheroes we’ve never heard of, I realized how perfectly this film fit the mold. Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch, sporting an American …

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