“DARK PHOENIX”

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What hap­pens when one of the “X-Men” mu­tants goes bad? The ques­tion is posed by this ad­ven­ture, in­tended to bring an end to that par­tic­u­lar Marvel fran­chise, at least for the time be­ing. Jean Grey, played again by So­phie Turner (“Game of Thrones”), is the char­ac­ter who con­sid­ers do­ing evil. Though she pre­vi­ously didn’t out­per­form the X-Men – nor, for that mat­ter, the X-Women – she’s front and cen­ter af­ter her role in sav­ing a space shuttle re­sults in her be­com­ing the most pow­er­ful per­son in the whole group. It also means a strug­gle for her in choos­ing be­tween us­ing her newly en­hanced pow­ers for right or wrong. Jennifer Lawrence returns as Raven, who tries to show Jean the light, while Jes­sica Chas­tain ap­pears as a vil­lain who would be only too happy to bring Jean over to her side. James McAvoy and Michael Fass­ben­der are among other cast mem­bers who turn up again. ★★★ (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On De­mand)

Jes­sica Chas­tain

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