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X-Men: The Last Stand
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

The Last Stand's two main plots - the Dark Phoenix and the mutant cure - are solid foundations to build an X-Men movie on, but unfortunately the potential of several characters, such as Rogue, Cyclops, Mystique, and Professor X, is squandered, while the introduction of a bunch of new mutants is mostly botched. Of the new batch, Beast and Kitty Pryde are welcome additions to the team, but the film rushes to its end with little of the flair of X-Mens 1 and 2. Wolverine also has a disproportionate amount of screen time to the detriment of others, but the final battle when it comes is explosive and at least has big repercussions for all involved.

Brawl in Cell Block 99
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

At first it seems like the director of Bone Tomahawk has gone in a different direction with his new film, which unfolds as a low key thriller in which Vaughn's character has turned to drug running to support his family. But once he's jailed and has to go through several different levels of hell to finally reach his target in the cell block of the title, the film takes a turn, showcasing ultra violent fight scenes and truly gory, wince-inducing deaths. It's certainly memorable.

X2: X-Men United
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Thanks to the solid foundations of the first X-Men film, this sequel is able to expand and improve on it. Nightcrawler is a great addition to the cast - his operatic entrance scene is a sight to behold - and the added backstory for Wolverine drives the plot forward in interesting ways. By the time of the drawn out finale some of the large cast is sidelined a little, and as is the norm for the original X-Men trilogy the overpowered Professor X is written out of a large part of the film. But on its release this was easily one of the best superhero films out there, and set a tough standard to beat for future instalments. It also riffs on the Wrath of Khan template by ending with the shock death of a major character followed by a hint that they may return.

Avengers: Endgame
3 years ago via Flixster

Avengers: Endgame is a considerable achievement considering it effectively wraps up 22 films of build up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and for the most part satisfyingly resolves the massive cliffhanger at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, with the spotlight on the original members of the Avengers welcome and fitting. The first act of the movie subverts expectations in an interesting way, the second serves as a victory lap for those 22 films, and the third provides plenty of fan service and comic book visuals. Endgame was well placed to be an anticlimax or a cop out, and while there are plot holes and some characters' relationships don't get the screentime they really need, the resulting three hours is still funny, touching, and of course full of epic superheroics.

Suspiria
Suspiria (2018)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

The Suspiria remake lacks the sheer operatic power of the original and isn't hugely scary. But this arthouse horror tells a creepy tale thoughtfully, through great period detail and camerawork, and contains impressive and unusual scenes of vivid violence that are hard to watch.