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Review: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Is The End Of X-Men As We Know It (And It Doesn’t Feel Fine)

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X-Men: Apocalypse brings the franchise full circle and not in the best of ways. It attempts to age and dress the familiar characters of Professor Xavier and Magneto in the manner we expect them to end up as.

The classic characters of Cyclops, Jean and Storm all begin to pop up as this new generation enters the 1980s. But in trying to cover so much ground with so many characters, the story becomes crowded and clouded in a script that wants to do so much and rarely achieves any of its goals.

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Cyclops and Jean Grey are some of the new recruits.

The villain for this picture is a mutant that is much simpler for X-Men despite his complex backstory. Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) appears in rather comic-booky attire as the legendary first mutant that has shaped mankind over generations. With his scaly and metallic Egyptian garb, he’s a little hard to take seriously considering he’s wearing a more traditional costume than the heroes – even dressing up his four mutant henchmen in their appropriate comic book fashion. It’s almost as if Apocalypse’s true goal is to make superheroes don the costumes they seem to refuse in these X-Men pictures.

That very well could be his goal considering his motives are very vague. We know that he can absorb mutant powers and enhance those that he comes into contact with. We know he looks down on humanity, but not with any particular disdain other than the disinterest of a god. His motivations become so muddled that his grand scheme of reshaping the world in his new vision of destruction and worship seems more out of superhero movie habit than any real character development. All dolled up in that garish getup, Oscar Isaac disappears into a role that could have been played by anyone based on his makeup and the voice modulation.

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Is that you, Oscar? Oscar Isaac ‘stars’ in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’

Apocalypse becomes the least interesting aspect of this story as the other characters have far more interesting arcs. Or, at least, they would have if given enough time to explore them. Magneto (Michael Fassbender) has changed the most as he has secluded himself to a factory job and settled down with a wife and child. Things are looking up for him until his mutant powers attract attention, and he has his life torn down once more.

This would be a great moment to display some grand nihilism in how he views humanity and mutants, but it’s merely played up as a simple excuse for him to put back on the helmet and cape. This glazed over aspect also makes the movie rather uneven in how Magneto seems to recover from losing this life rather well to fight Apocalypse and wittily banter with others. All it takes is one powerful scream towards the heavens and he’s over it.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Have you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. 😉

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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