X-Men: Apocalypse is good. It’s fun to watch. But it isn’t brilliant.

James McAvoy in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

“This is the way the world ends.  Not with a bang but a whimper.” – T.S. Eliot

Let’s begin with this disclaimer.  It isn’t June yet and thus far in 2016 we’ve seen three other “superhero” blockbusters.  Deadpool, Batman versus Superman:  Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War all hit the multiplexes and did well.  So maybe we are suffering from superhero fatigue of a sort and not giving the latest X-Men film a fair shake.  Or maybe the expectations were too high.  It should also be noted that this is the 9th film in the mutant movie franchise since X-Men came out in the year 2000.

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‘Warm Bodies’ hits just the right temperature

Nicholas Hoult ('R') and Teresa Palmer ('Julie') in 'Warm Bodies'
Nicholas Hoult (‘R’) and Teresa Palmer (‘Julie’) in Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies is a zombie film.  Warm Bodies is a romantic comedy.  Can you make a zom-rom-com? Jonathan Levine sure can and he did it very, very well.  Starring Nicholas Hoult as “R”, a zombie who can only remember that his first name started with that letter, and Teresa Palmer as “Julie”, the girl he will ultimately fall in love with.

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