This closing chapter of the First Class trilogy falls into the same trap as The Last Stand, the final part in the original X-Men trilogy: it shifts the focus from character detail and social commentary into a more standard effects-heavy action brawl. There's still a lot of strong character detail, and a big story that can't help but be entertaining. But it's impossible to escape the feeling that the film's scale is far bigger than it needed to be.
It's now 1983, and while Professor X (James McAvoy) works with Hank (Nicholas Hoult) to set up his school for young mutants, his old friend and nemesis Erik (Michael Fassbender) has started a family in a rural corner of Poland. But he can't hide forever. Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) is roaming the world helping mutants where she can, meeting the teleporting Kurt (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in Berlin before heading to Cairo. There, CIA operative Moira (Rose Byrne) has just uncovered a bizarre underground cult that has revived the ancient super-mutant Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), who immediately sets out on a quest to cleanse the planet and start over again. He needs four assistants, and the question is which of the X-Men will go over to the dark side.
This is the third comic book movie in a row about superheroes fighting each other, after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War. And it's similarly enormous (all three films are around two-and-a-half hours long), with mammoth battles that don't quite make logical sense but are compelling enough that the audience goes with them. This film has a bit more emotional depth, including back-stories that have been developed with unusual complexity. But some characters fall through the cracks.
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Critics aren't fond of the latest installation.
It seems, according to critics, that 'X-Men Apocalypse' will be joining 'Batman v Superman' in the list of the most disappointing comic book superhero films of 2016, as the franchise returns with much less excitement than the synopsis and trailers suggested. A bit of a Marvel misfire as it were.
'X-Men Apocalypse' hasn't found favour with critics
It's hard to pinpoint exactly what the critics hated most about the latest instalment of the 'X-Men' series, which sees the return of director Bryan Singer in a story about the impending doom of mankind. The confusing plot, the poor character development and some overly blase moments made for 'a franchise-killing disaster' according to Forbes, who also said, 'I am not sure how you make Oscar Isaac as a world-destroying baddie dull, but the powers-that-be have pulled it off.' Ouch!
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Ben Hardy could be lining up against Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.
Eastenders star Ben Hardy, best known as Ian Beale's son Peter, is in talks for an as-yet-undisclosed role in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse, according to The Wrap. Representatives for 20th Century Fox or Hardy did not immediately respond though discussions are believed to be at an advanced stage.
Ben Hardy has been in talks for an important role in X-Men: Apocalypse
Should he land the part, Hardy would join some of the world's biggest movie stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and James McAvoy. Oscar Isaac will play the film's titular villain while Rose Byrne will reprise her role as Moira MacTaggert.
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Oscar Isaac will now play prominent roles in the X-Men and Star Wars franchises.
Oscar Isaac, the actor who rose to prominence after strong showings in Drive and Inside Llewyn Davis, will play the primary villain in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse - the next instalment in Fox's long-running Marvel Comics franchise.
Oscar Isaac has been cast as the villain in X-Men: Apocalpyse. He looks like a villain. So that's good.
Given the May 27, 2016 release date, the casting now means Isaac will appear in two blockbuster franchises in quick succession. He is due to appear in J.J Abrams hugely anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens - the first trailer for which hits this Friday (November 28, 2014).
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Michael Egan has dropped his legal case against Bryan Singer though he will be free to re-file "without prejudice".
Michael Egan, the man who claimed he was sexually abused by the X-Men film director Bryan Singer, has dropped his legal action against the filmmaer. A judge in Honolulu granted Egan's petition to have the case dismissed without prejudice, allowing him to re-file at a later date.
Bryan Singer will no doubt be relieved at Michael Egan has dropped his case after an exhaustive year [Getty/Charley Gallay]
This was against the wishes of Singer, who requested to have the case dismissed with prejudice and to make Egan pay his legal costs.
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Bryan Singer's legal representatives are hoping to have the second sexual abuse suit against him dismissed. The case alleges Singer and another Hollywood executive sexually assaulted an unnamed British man.
Bryan Singer has filed for the case to be dismissed.
The case was filed in May by lawyer Jeffrey Herman but Singer's representatives have asked for the L.A. court to dismiss the case as there is no legal basis for the suit. Singer has also requested a $300,000 bond to cover his legal fees, as THR reports.
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Bryan Singer's lawyers are filing for a dismissal for a case which accuses the X-Men director of sexual harassment. The case was filed by lawyer Jeffrey Herman on behalf of 'John Doe 117' in May, a month after Michael Egan filed a case also alleging Singer sexually assaulted him.
After months of allegations and legal proceedings, Bryan Singer has filed a motion to have the second sexual abuse case against him dismissed. Singer is hoping for a dismissal as his lawyers claim there is no legal basis for the suit, as Variety reports.
Bryan Singer has filed for dismissal for the second sexual abuse case.
In May an unnamed British man - named John Doe 117 in the suit -came forward and accused Singer of assault. The man in question was represented by the same Lawyer, Jeffrey Herman, who was representing Michael Egan. Egan had also filed a suit against Singer, accusing him of assault in Hawaii in the late 1990s.
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Garth Ancier is countersuing Michael Egan over abuse claims.
Garth Ancier, the Hollywood television executive who was accused of sexual abuse in the late 1980's, is countersuing a former teenage actor who dropped the lawsuit two days ago. Ancier, who worked for Fox and NBC, is suing Michael Egan and his attorneys Jeff Herman and Michael Gallagher, alleging abuse of process.
Garth Ancier and Bryan Singer [Above] were accused of the claims
Ancier was among three other Hollywood executives including director Bryan Singer who was accused of sexually abusing Michael Egan when he was an aspiring actor. All four denied the claims and filed motions to dismiss.
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The final defendant in the Michael Egan lawsuits has filed to have the suit dismissed.
The latest development in the series of lawsuits launched by actor Michael Egan against prominent film and TV producers complicates the case further. Former NBC and WB television exec Garth Ancier, who was one of the four people accused (along with Bryan Singer and prominent entertainment industry figures David Neuman and Gary Goddard) has now filed to have the lawsuit dismissed.
X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer was the first to get hit with a lawsuit from Egan.
Michael Egan, now 31, first raised the accusations back in April, when he claimed that he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of the entertainment professionals at a series of parties in the 90s. Back then, Egan was still a minor.
Continuing to be the most original and resonant of the Marvel superhero franchises, the X-men return in the capable hands of director Bryan Singer, who again stirs plenty of meaty subtext beneath the thrilling action. He also has one of the best casts imaginable, including Oscar winners, cinema royalty, rising stars and matinee idols.
Best of all, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) returns to the fold after two less-than-thrilling solo adventures. He's at the centre of everything here, as Professor X and Magneto (Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen) ask Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) to send Wolverine's consciousness back 50 years to 1973. His mission is to prevent Dr Trask (Peter Dinklage) from inventing mutant-hunting robots, because they will go out of control and cause a present-day dystopia in which mutants and anyone who sympathises with them are killed. But Wolverine's biggest task will be to get the then-feuding Professor X and Magneto (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) to work together to keep renegade mutant Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) from making everything worse.
Thankfully, Simon Kinberg's script doesn't worry too much about the whole time-travel thing, shrugging off dubious logic by keeping the focus on the characters. And there are a lot of people to keep an eye on, which makes the film sometimes feel a bit crowded and leaves some characters barely on-screen at all (blink and you'll miss Anna Paquin's Rogue). The best newbie is Evan Peters' Quicksilver, who gets the film's most entertaining sequence as he races around tweaking an action sequence frame by frame. Other set-pieces are grippingly darker, and some don't quite make sense (why does Magneto feel the need to levitate an entire stadium?).
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