X-Men Apocalypse Spoilerific Review

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One of the disadvantages of going to see a film a little bit after it comes it out is that you’ve already heard everyone else’s opinion. You go in with at least a small amount of your brain made up. If everyone you trust says it’s shit, you expect it to be shit. If everyone says it’s great, well you get the picture. This can go one of two ways. You either end up cementing that opinion or being pleasantly/horribly surprised. Heads up, this review will contain all the spoilers.

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Steve Jobs

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Making a film about the recently deceased can be difficult.  It can easily descend into a cynical cash grab, taking advantage of people’s sudden need to honour a dead person they didn’t care about much when they were alive.  These biopics are often long, dull and sentimental as they desperately spread their legs towards the Oscars in an attempt to gain critical acclaim.  Steve Jobs somehow manages to dodge this problem.  Directed by Danny Boyle and scripted by Aaron Sorkin it avoids the clichés of the biopic genre and creates something genuinely interesting.

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Macbeth

The story of Macbeth needs no introduction.  One of Shakespeare’s most famous works, it’s a story that only seems to grow with time.  Putting it on the big screen in 2015 is a tough task for that very reason.  The list of names who have filled the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth reads like an introduction to acting royalty.  From Kenneth Branagh to James McAvoy.  From Judi Dench to Alex Kingston.  Whether on stage or screen, they are large shoes to step into.  So how do you make an adaptation of the Scottish Play stand out?

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X Men: Days Of Future Past

The X-Men franchise has had it’s ups and downs.  From Bryan Singer’s first two films, which started the franchise off with a bang, to the awful clusterfuck that was The Last Stand.  It seemed to be finally starting to find it’s way again by going into the past and providing origin stories in X-Men: First Class.  The follow up Days of Future Past now attempts to combine the two timelines, taking the classic cast of Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and co and combining them with the new guns in James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.

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