Having previously flubbed the introduction of a new, younger Professor X and Magneto (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, respectively) in X-Men: First Class, the producers clearly wanted to recover a bit of the franchise's mojo.
Comic book nerds may understand the gravity of the situation. A novice, who stumbles into a multiplex looking for that "fun" summer event movie, might not be so enamored.
If you're keeping score at home, of the three Marvel comic-book movies so far this summer (a term I use advisedly for a season that technically doesn't start for another month), X-Men: Days of Future Past outranks Amazing Spider-Man 2 and is about on a par with Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Think you got what it takes to put the "neato" in Magneto?
"The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see." -- Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Weeks ago I saw the film 12 Years a Slav...
Despite its unquestionable power, I left this movie troubled as much by what I felt to be a false note as by its indictment of the cruelties of slaver...
12 Years a Slave is not the first film to assail its audience with a harrowing tale of human suffering. I am now left wondering why droves of people would willingly, and maybe even eagerly, go to the cinema to experience something so relentlessly bleak.
Their picks. (My deletions.) My picks. Not all that different. Except where they are extremely different.
When a fan tells him she's tongue tied, Martin Scorsese becomes wildly animated: "Why? You don't need to be. It's just me," and gives her a hug. You c...
I was taken to task for not having "12 Years A Slave" on my top-10 list. (I had it ranked No. 16 overall, just behind other near misses: "Her," "Blue Jasmine," "20 Feet From Stardom," "The Spectacular Now" and "Inside Llewyn Davis.") My rationale was this: Last year was a particularly strong one for feature films, and I just didn't connect with "12 Years A Slave" enough to place it above those other movies. Then I watched "12 Years A Slave" a second time.
It's the time of year when critics release their lists of the year's best films. It feels like a competitive sport -- or a provocation, which all of these lists are, by nature. As in: "This is my list of the best films. If you don't agree, you're wrong."
In a banner year for filmmaking, black films, filmmakers, screenwriters and actors thrived.
Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave may be unreviewable. Its power and emotional significance are beyond question. It holds you even when you wish to be let go.
12 Years a Slave tells the story of Solomon Northup, a talented violinist from Saratoga, N.Y., who is drugged, kidnapped and sold into slavery. Based on a true story, the film is an epic of endurance: two hours of Solomon snared in a setting as breathtaking for its beauty as it is for its callous violence.
Film: The Counselor (2013) Cast includes: Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Cameron Diaz (There's some...
None of us are safe from the pathology of white racism. The most intimate corners of our lives and eyes have been infected. But are we ready to see it, and be well?