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Created Jun 06, 2014 07:37PM PST • Updated Nov 11, 2017 11:31PM PST

Marvel’s Other Superheroes get better with age.

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1st Logan
2017 Perfect 83 Points
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I prefer a comedy after a bad day. Logan ain’t no comedy, but it was sure as hell balm for a bad day. More Johnny Cash than Johnny Storm, it’s the first Country comik movie, yet returns to true X-Men in the end.

Marvel, wow. Keep on keeping on with one riveting, arousing blockbuster after another. Grounded in human foibles as is their special wont, Logan bids adieu to the Wolverine, a titan of the Marvel canon, alone and as a seminal X-Man. It’s a hell of a swan song, with Hugh Jackman playing it for all it’s worth, joined by Patrick Stewart as the even more illing Charles Xavier, Pr…

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Added Nov 11, 2017 11:30PM PST • Updated Nov 11, 2017 11:30PM PST
2nd X-Men: Apocalypse
2016 Really Great 66 Points
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Now this is what a marvelous blockbuster should be. No surprise, as Marvel Entertainment always delivers. And talk about a monumental origin story, one that also harks back to existing plots! Wow. Plus, given that all the X-Men come out to play – all of them – it’s also a sequel in a way. Double wow and fully marvelous.

X-Men: Apocalypse starts with an ancient Egyptian scene as great as the silver screen has ever delivered. (It makes the recent Gods of Egypt look like Ed Wood.) Then the rest is set in the 1980s, adroitly drawn.

The film is pl…

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Added Jun 06, 2014 08:22PM PST • Updated Nov 11, 2017 11:30PM PST
3rd X-Men: Days of F...
2014 Really Great 83 Points
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Count it, X-Men deliver again. Does Marvel ever fail? Notwithstanding several major cooks in the kitchen of this particular production and the ugly problems surrounding one of them, X-Men: Days of Future Past is yet another first rate blockbuster originating from the X-Men solar system within the Marvel Universe.

The title refers to dual time settings: now and back in the early 70s, complete with several scenes involving President Richard Nixon. The story hangs together because, well, because Marvel worked out all these stories a long time ago in comic books that held to a particula…

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4th The Wolverine
2013 Great 83 Points
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The title sucks, but the movie rocks. Rox tops sux. How does it rock? Let us count the ways.

  1. Marvel spins well-wrought yarns, with superheroes defined by their foibles as much as their powers. Wolverine has love-lost and anger issues. At some level, who doesn’t?
  2. Nice that he’s facing-off mortal enemies for the fate of something less than the whole world. IOW, the antagonists and the reason they’re fighting are only at an 8 on a scale of 10, whereas superhero movies typically are turned up to 11. Nice restraint, that.
  3. Hugh Jackman’s a big time moviestar operating at full acti…
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Added Jun 06, 2014 07:38PM PST • Updated Nov 11, 2017 11:32PM PST
5th X-Men: First Class
2011 Great 83 Points
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First class prequels are Hollywood mutants, crisply intelligent rather than trite – obligatory touchstones notwithstanding. X-Men: First Class surpasses that standard, rebooting a tired saga with fresh casting, well grounded plot devices and an engaging mix of resonant themes.

Marvel achieves this alchemy by putting a strong ensemble of stars in front of the behind-the-camera studs from Kick-Ass and Thor, two other smart superhero movies. As executive producing goes, that’s a loc…

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6th X-Men
2000 Great 17 Points
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I went back to see the original, and I’m glad I did. Despite having seen other ‘origins’ installments in the series, this movie is the must-see to put all the early-days together. All the great actors that you have come to love through the years are all there in rare form. No wonder they moved this in to a serious franchise in a hurry.

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Added Jun 06, 2014 08:15PM PST • Updated Nov 11, 2017 11:32PM PST
7th X-Men Origins: W...
2009 Good 20 Points
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This is a very middle of the road film. A few good moments, a few bad moments, mostly just kinda ok.

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8th X-Men: The Last ...
2006 Very Good 74 Points
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Good comix story, well acted by more than a handful of great actors, and fetchingly produced.

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9th X2
2003 None Yet 0 Points
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Added Jun 06, 2014 08:12PM PST • Updated Nov 11, 2017 11:31PM PST

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