Tag Archives: Dark Phoenix

Baffling, bad, bland ‘355’ a hopeful franchise starter, likely a career ender

1/10 There’s such a stigma around early January releases that at this point, any time a movie gets put in those slots, I stop for a while and laugh at it. Putting a movie with a major budget here, where … Continue reading

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The bubble bursts- on Moviepass and the rise of monopoly-class movies

When I started doing these Labor Day summer wrapups five years ago, what I identified — and what plenty of other people identified — was a crashing bubble at the domestic box office, and after a rebound year in 2018, … Continue reading

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The crippling ennui of ‘Men in Black: International’

1/10 In 2016, Sony rebooted Ghostbusters, a beloved comedy franchise that’s actually just one good movie and a bunch of other media that everyone forgot about. It lost $70 million. Now it’s three years later, and Sony has rebooted Men in Black, a beloved … Continue reading

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‘Dark Phoenix’ has its merits, but falls apart as you’re watching it

3/10 X-Men: The Last Stand was a doomed production. Franchise director Bryan Singer and two of X2’s writers had jumped ship to make Superman Returns, which had its own problems, and 20th Century Fox producers set a May 26, 2006 release date and refused to move … Continue reading

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