dark phoenix review

In Dark Phoenix, the weight of the film is placed on legacy. It is, after all, the capper for a nearly two decade-old franchise that helped catapult the superhero genre to the world-dominating standing it enjoys today. But ultimately, the only legacy of this corner of the X-Men franchise may be its wasted cast.

Longtime X-Men writer Simon Kinberg takes the directing reins for the final installment of the superhero series which started with the seminal X-Men. Back when X-Men debuted back in 2000, the superhero genre was still relatively untested, with successes like Richard Donner’s Superman and Tim Burton’s Batman film written off as exceptions rather than the norm. With a budget of only $75 million, X-Men was forced to tone down the superheroics and lean on intimate character moments — setting the standard somewhat for comic book films as character dramas with action sequences wedged in-between. Kinberg, who wrote the third film in the original X-Men trilogy, The Last Stand, brings Dark Phoenix back to those character drama roots, scaling back the stakes and giving prominence to emotional beats and tense dialogue exchanges filmed in extreme close-up.

This might’ve worked if not for the embarrassingly bad script and the apathetic performances of its talented cast who have long checked out of this franchise.

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Dark Phoenix Clip

This week, the X-Men franchise as we know it is coming to an end. Dark Phoenix will be the final installment of the comic book movie series that started all the way back in 2000. While the franchise was essentially rebooted in 2011 with X-Men: First Class, it ended up getting a deeper connection to the original trilogy of movies thanks to X-Men: Days of Future Past, making the original X-Men and the new, younger mutants intertwined in a confusing timeline of superhero spectacle.

With one last push to get audiences to witness the end of the X-Men on the big screen, a new Dark Phoenix clip gives us ample tension between Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and his surrogate sister Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) after their space mission to help NASA astronauts almost took a deadly turn. Plus, a new featurette leans heavy on nostalgia by having the cast of the movie reflect on their experience with the original X-Men movies and their work on the more recent films. Read More »

Toy Story 3 in Real Life

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a trailer for a remake of Toy Story 3 in real life made entirely with practical toys and set pieces. Plus, a video essay explores three different versions of Minority Report and how they establish the philosophy of the story world, and Dark Phoenix stars Sophie Turner and Jessica Chastain answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »

Sonic the Hedgehog Trailer Fixed

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a new version of the Sonic the Hedgehog trailer fixed with an infinitely better version of the titular hero. Plus, get a recap of the entire X-Men film franchise before Dark Phoenix comes out this weekend, and go on a Lyft undercover with Jason Sudeikis driving around Los Angeles with directions from his significant other and Booksmart director Olivia Wilde. Read More »

Dark Phoenix Clips

Hey, did you forget that there’s still a new X-Men movie coming out this summer? You probably did since Dark Phoenix is on track to lose its opening weekend to The Secret Life of Pets 2. Well, what’s left of 20th Century Fox is here to remind you that the movie is still coming, regardless of whatever those secretive critters are up to. That’s why they’ve released two new Dark Phoenix clips, as well as a music video that has even more footage, including the debut of a mutant fans have wanted to see in movies for some time. Read More »

dark phoenix clip

It’s the same-old routine in every X-Men story: Magneto and Professor X argue over how mutants should live in the world in a debate that turns violent, with their mutual teams facing off in an epic battle. But this time, it’s personal. The new Dark Phoenix clip depicts the familiar scene of Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) butting heads over how to handle Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), who has wreaked untold destruction following her encounter with the Phoenix Force. Watch the new Dark Phoenix clip below.

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the secret life of pets box office tracking

Superheroes can’t stop the super franchise that is The Secret Life of PetsThe Secret Life of Pets 2 box office tracking shows that Universal’s animated sequel is head toward $65 million during the June 7-9 weekend, soaring past its main competitor, Dark Phoenix, which is only tracking for $50 million.

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Dark Phoenix Featurettes

Today has been arbitrarily declared X-Men day as 20th Century Fox (or what’s left of it) continues to market Dark Phoenix, the last film in the X-Men film franchise as we know it. In honor of the makeshift publicity holiday, a trio of new featurettes have been released focusing on both the legacy of the X-Men on the big screen that spans all the way back to 2000 and the original Marvel Comics storyline that inspired the new movie. Watch the new Dark Phoenix featurettes below. Read More »

x-men day

I have some good news and bad news. The good news: next week is X-Men Day! The bad news: it’s not a federal holiday, so you all still have to go to work. Sorry. X-Men Day kicks-off the advance ticket sales for Dark Phoenix, which is likely to be the final installment in the X-Men film series as we know it. More on X-Men Day, plus a neat new poster, below.

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dark phoenix reshoots

You know what’s exciting? Space! The final frontier! Vast and mysterious! But who needs space when you can have…a train. At least, that was the thinking behind the Dark Phoenix reshoots. A new piece about the production reveals that the filmmakers behind the latest X-Men movie changed the film’s big climactic action setting from being in outer space to being on board a train, which is probably just as thrilling. Maybe.

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