Dark Phoenix, the latest installment in the current X-Men series, is fine. Yes, that is damning with faint praise, but considering Dark Phoenix’s odd mishmash of tones and race to the finishing line, “fine” is both good enough and the best outcome one could hope for. Not exactly a new criticism for a cycle of movies that have been uneven, to say the least. This particular franchise re-ignition began with 2011’s X-Men: First Class starring James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr, a.k.a., Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme, a.k.a. Mystique, and Nicholas Hoult as Hank … Continue reading DARK PHOENIX

Movie Beat – 03.01.12

21 And Over – Jeff Chang (Justin Chon) is a straight-A student who is trying to get into medical school. In fact, he has an interview for said school tomorrow morning, but tonight, tonight he is twenty-one. It would be a real shame to let such a historic moment go by, and one beer won’t hurt, right? One wouldn’t have, but Casey (Skylar Astin) and Miller (Miles Teller) show up and put that idea to bed. Jeff Chang has one hell of a night: drinking, stripping, mayhem, and chicks. Written and directed by the duo that brought you The Hangover (Jon Lucas … Continue reading Movie Beat – 03.01.12

Movie Beat – 02.01.13

As Luck Would Have It – With echoes of Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole, comes a very dark comedy from Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia about a man who will go to great lengths to take care of his family. Roberto (José Mota) is having a terrible time and his wife, Luisa (Salma Hayek), is trying to help out, but doesn’t have a clue how bad the situation is. Roberto has a terrible car accident, and finds himself with an opportunity on his hands. Because of the freak nature of the accident, Roberto becomes the center of a wild media … Continue reading Movie Beat – 02.01.13