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“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” (2016): A Rousing Crowd-pleaser, Fully Embracing the Wacky Nature of Its Source Material

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows has a spirit far closer to the cartoons and more mass marketing versions of TMNT than either the previous films and the comic itself. And for this, it profits in a big way. As a result, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is a rousing […]

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“X-Men Apocalypse” (2016): A Greatest Hits Re-Recording With Far Lesser Arrangements

“Well, we can all agree that the third one is always the worst,” says Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), shortly after leaving a screening of  Return of the Jedi with fellow classmates Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Nightcrawler (Kodi-Smit McPhee) and Jubilee (Lana Condor, in one of her two scenes). It’s obviously a smirking wink at X-Men: The […]

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“Captain America: Civil War” (2016): The Pinnacle of Super Hero Cinema, An Entertaining and Satisfying Masterpeice

With Captain America: Civil War, the Russo Brothers have raised the bar with comic book adaptations and summer tent pole superhero films for the foreseeable future. Their extraordinarily satisfying effort pitting Steve Rogers, Captain America, against his friend and follow hero Tony Stark, Iron Man, is a multi-layered, high energy, emotionally sound and politically entwined […]