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'X-Men: Apocalypse': The Apocalypse of Comic Book Films

The filmmakers' attempt to mask X-Men: Apocalypse's lack of purpose and thematic unity with a stunning density of characters, plot lines, and fan service. But we see behind the mask.

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'X-men: Apocalypse' Makes for a Strong and Fit Finalé

The evolution of superhero movies helps put X-men at the top of the food chain.

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Everything Is True: Continuity in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

In the world of comic book continuity, if everything is true, anything can happen.

Benjamin Riley
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Crisis and Continuity: Reliving the Superhero Flicks of 2014

Superhero cinema had a watershed year in 2014, where it saw its fully postmodern realization. Films like X-Men: Days of Future Past not only interrogate genre tropes; they also upend them.

Andrew Doscas
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My 5 Biggest Problems with 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

The newest installment of the X-Men movie franchise is good, not great. Here are five reasons why.

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The Legacy of Uncanny X-men

After 50 years, the Uncanny X-men reflect a message and a struggle that is still as relevant as ever.

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All the Better for All the Fassbending Going on: 'X-Men: First Class'

With so many characters shoved in, it's no surprise that only a select few have any emotional lift. That said, the ones that do -- especially the ones played by Michael Fassbender -- prove to be powerfully intriguing.

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'The Usual Suspects' Remains a Writer's Revelation

The motion picture marketplace rarely defends the author. In this case, the scribe wins.

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Valkyrie

Valkyrie's forward motion is stalled repeatedly by hyperbolically symbolic images, which also undercut some nuanced performances.

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Superman Returns (2006)

Superman has seen the aftermath of world destruction, and he's come back with a perspective not quite so boldly idealistic or pompously ideological.

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X2: X-Men United (2003)

At once all powerful and utterly powerless, this involuntary terrorist is the first mutant you meet in X2.

Cynthia Fuchs
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X2: X-Men United (2003)

At once all powerful and utterly powerless, this involuntary terrorist is the first mutant you meet in X2.

Cynthia Fuchs

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