X-Men: Days of Future Past

BBBB (out of 5) The adventure of the story behind the adventure continues with another enjoyable romp featuring that multi-pack of superheroes, divided as always between a desire to use their powers to protect humanity or destroy it.  In the not so distant present, the world is in shambles, with an all-out war between humans…

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Zoolander

BBB (out of 5) Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson couldn’t be funnier in this one-joke film that will guarantee some worthwhile chuckles. They play dimwitted male supermodels who are being brainwashed, Manchurian Candidate-style, by a syndicate of fashion powermongers who want to assassinate a third world prime minister intent on abolishing the child labor that produces their…

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Superman Returns

BBB.5 (out of 5) A straight white guy who looks good enough to be a gay porn star but only cares about helping others and has a strange fixation with Kate Bosworth:  is it any wonder that he’s from another planet? The caped fury in red underwear has been resurrected for the big screen, following…

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X-Men 2: X-Men United (X2)

BBBB (out of 5) That superb collective of Marvel Comics superheroes has once again returned for another exciting adventure, this time even more breathtaking and fun than the last one was. In a tense political atmosphere that smells of greater conflict between mutants and humans to come in the future, a vengeful human scientist (Brian…

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X-Men

BBB.5 (out of 5) Elegant and adventurous adaptation of the famous comic book series and television show. Presumably an opening chapter for a series of films to follow, the film isn’t very strong on its own as it does little more than establish its characters and then offer up a few obstacles towards the end…

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Hairspray (2007)

BBBB (out of 5) A teenager in the 1960s decides to fight racial segregation and is met with serious threats to her future; sounds like an update of Mississippi Burning until you add big hair, rocking tunes and John Travolta in a dress. Newcomer Nikki Blonsky plays the youngster in question, Tracy, in this wonderful…

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X-Men: The Last Stand

BB.5 (out of 5) After the enjoyment of the first installment and the thrilling adventure of the fantastic sequel, this third entry in the X-Men series is a letdown. Weak character development, unimaginative direction and a very cheap-looking production are to blame for this limp experience, in which the mutant superheroes are under threat from…

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The 24th Day

BBBB (out of 5) Do not be put off by the badly executed opening titles or low-budget trappings of set and production quality:  Tony Piccirillo’s script, based on his own stage play, is some of the sharpest writing you’ll ever have the chance to see. Scott Speedman and James Marsden are both superb as two strangers who…

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Sugar And Spice

BB (out of 5) A pretty low point in the teen movie genre is this ridiculous film about four high school cheerleaders who decide to rob a supermarket bank when one of the girls (Marley Shelton) gets pregnant and married and can’t afford to live on husband James Marsden‘s video store salary. Their plans to…

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Enchanted

BBBB (out of 5) Amy Adams simply could not be more endearing in this umpteenth sassification of classic fairy tales, as a storybook heroine who meets her handsome prince (James Marsden) in the world of Disney animation and goes to marry him the following day. Just before her wedding, however, the prince’s evil stepmother (Susan Sarandon,…

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Death At A Funeral (2010)

BB (out of 5) This near-exact remake of the 2007 British comedy takes place at the funeral of a beloved husband and father whose eldest son (Chris Rock) is undergoing a crisis: his family expects him to give the eulogy even though they keep reminding him that his highly successful brother (Martin Lawrence) is a…

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The Box

BB.5 (out of 5) It’s mid-70s Virginia, and married couple Cameron Diaz and James Marsden have just received a strange package on their doorstep: an unassuming box with nothing but a button to push. Diaz receives a visit the next day from Frank Langella, whose face is creepily half-missing, and told that if she pushes the button…

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