Review: X-Men: Apocalypse (dir. Bryan Singer, 2016)


Movie franchises are getting increasingly convoluted these days, and the X-Men series is no exception. So, to recap: X-Men: Apocalypse is the ninth film in the X-Men series (counting the Wolverine and Deadpool solo features), the seventh film to have the word “X-Men” in the title, the fourth film in the series to be directed by Bryan Singer (who got the whole thing started sixteen years ago), and the third film to feature the younger cast that was first introduced five years ago in X-Men: First Class.

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Russell Crowe still supports Darren Aronofsky’s Noah


Several other Bible movies have come along in the two years since Noah came out, but for my money none of them can hold a candle to Darren Aronofsky’s film for sheer imagination, epic visuals and a passionate engagement with the biblical text.

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Box office: Captain America continues to surge at home and abroad, while Last Days in the Desert has a so-so opening


Superheroes fighting each other continued to dominate the box office this week, while a tiny film about Jesus had an underwhelming debut on a handful of screens.

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Last Days in the Desert: the final interview round-up


Last Days in the Desert — starring Ewan McGregor as both Jesus and Satan — is now playing in a handful of theatres across the U.S. So here’s one last round-up of interviews with the writer-director and actors who made the film.

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Review: Last Days in the Desert (dir. Rodrigo García, 2015)


People go to movies for many reasons, but what I look for most is some sort of experience. I want to feel what it’s like to live in another world, and I want to get a sense of what it’s like to live inside someone else’s head.

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Watch: A new clip, a soundtrack preview, and B-roll footage from Last Days in the Desert; plus new interviews


Fireside chats seem to be a thing in Last Days in the Desert. Jesus (as played by Ewan McGregor) had one with Tye Sheridan in a clip that I posted last week; then he had one with Satan (also played by McGregor) in a clip I posted yesterday. And now he has one with Sheridan and his parents, played by Ciaran Hinds and Ayelet Zurer.

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