Movie Review: DARK PHOENIX

DARK PHOENIX poster | ©2019 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Nicholas Hoult, Jessica Chastain, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee Writer: Simon Kinberg Director: Simon Kinberg Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: June 7, 2019 DARK PHOENIX is okay. If that sounds like less than a ringing endorsement, this is because the movie doesn’t hum with the invention and joy of the best X-MEN movies. On the other hand, it’s clear and coherent, takes on a few issues previously unmentioned in the film series, and has some action sequences that work very well. Apart from THE WOLVERINE […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Creator Matt Nix on the Season 2 finale and more – Interview

Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker and Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker in THE GIFTED - Season 2 | ©2018 Fox/Matthias Clamer

As Season 2 of Fox’s Tuesday-night X-MEN-derived THE GIFTED hurtles towards its finale in two weeks, we check in with series creator Matt Nix on where it’s been, where it might be going, and why some things happen the way they do. ASSIGNMENT X: There are so many factions among both the humans and the mutants this season. Are you feeling like, “My God, we’re running out of places to put new factions”? MATT NIX: Actually, no. I mean, this season is really about factions. I don’t see the show as an infinite subdivision of factions. We wanted to do […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Executive producer-writer Melinda Hsu Taylor on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

L-R: Skyler Samuels, Grace Byers, Emma Dumont, Percy Hynes White, Natalie Alyn Lind, Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Blair Redford, Jamie Chung and Coby Bell in THE GIFTED - Season 2| ©2018 Fox/Justin Stephens

In Season 2 of Fox’s MARVEL’S THE GIFTED on Tuesday nights, the factions of superpowered mutants and non-powered but armed humans have multiplied. In the series created by Matt Nix, set in the X-MEN universe, we still have the Mutant Underground, mutants who are trying to keep the peace, and Sentinel Services, the human government arm tasked with suppressing any mutant activity deemed suspicious. Now there’s also the militant mutant group the Inner Circle, which wants to dominate or entirely eradicate regular humans, the violently anti-mutant human cadre the Purifiers, and the literally underground mutant community of Morlocks. Stuck in […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Natalie Alyn Lind chats Season 2 of Marvel X-Men series – Exclusive Interview

Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker in THE GIFTED - Season 2| ©2018 Fox/Justin Stephens

In Season 2 of THE GIFTED, Tuesday nights on Fox Networks, things are getting worse in mutant-human relations. In the series developed by Matt Nix, based on the Marvel X-MEN comics, mutants have been made to register with the U.S. government. At the start of Season 1, only mutants who used their powers (even those who did so inadvertently) were arrested, but now anti-mutant prejudice is much worse. Natalie Alyn Lind plays Lauren Strucker, a teen who has the ability to create flexible but impenetrable barriers out of thin air. Her younger brother Andy (Percy Hynes White) can make almost […]Read On »

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POP SHOW – Episode 43: LOGAN Review and DEADPOOL 2 Trailer

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Welcome back to Episode 43 of the POP SHOW starring Anthony C. Ferrante. Once again, Anthony is out of action as he is still shooting SHARKNADO 5, so once again, Sonia Mansfield, Christopher Allen Smith and myself are left to helm the ship. This week we talk about the big X-MEN film LOGAN and review the film and why we think it has done so well already at the Box Office. We then get into a discussion about R rated superhero films in general and what we might want to see next from an attempt to bring characters to screen with a little more […]Read On »

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Dorking Out – Episode 37: The Get Out, Logan Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode we review the new X-MEN movie, LOGAN, which star Hugh Jackman insists in the final time he is playing Wolverine. It made a ton of money this weekend, so we will see if that sticks. Friend of the show, X-MEN  fan, and Sonia’s better half, David Tracy, joins us to talk about it. In our second segment, we talk about the horror movie GET OUT, which was released about two weeks ago and has an almost-impossible to get 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. Is it as good as everyone says? Well, you’ll have to listen to find out. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DEADPOOL

DEADPOOL | © 2016 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Stefan Kapicic (voice), Brianna Hildebrand, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni Writers: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, based on characters created by Rob Liefeld & Fabian Nicieza Director: Tim Miller Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: February 12, 2016 There aren’t many movies that can (or even try to) make us laugh, hard, at the opening credits. DEADPOOL does that, and thereafter reliably supplies humor, romance, hardcore violence, a wee bit of horror (depending on your definition), Marvel Comics mythology and assaults on the fourth wall that magically don’t compromise the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

X-MEN - DAYS OF FUTURE PAST poster | ©2014 Fox/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore. Omar Sy, Evan Peters Writer: Simon Kinberg, story by Jane Goldman & Simon Kinberg & Matthew Vaughn Director: Bryan Singer Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: May 23, 2014 If you’re going to make an installment of a film franchise that potentially erases the continuity of previous endeavors, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST demonstrates how to do it with not only style but real urgency. Don’t just randomly drop time travelers into the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WOLVERINE

THE WOLVERINE movie poster | ©2013 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sunada, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Haruhiko Yamanouchi Writers: Mark Bomback and Scott Frank Director: James Mangold Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: July 26, 2013 The major problem with THE WOLVERINE is not that the title character – or for that matter, Hugh Jackman, the actor who plays him – cannot headline a feature film. Wolverine, aka Logan, an immortal mutant whose skeleton has had the metal adamantine added to it, has proven to be a compelling figure, both in the Marvel Comics that introduced him and […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Shawn Ashmore fights THE FOLLOWING

Shawn Ashmore in THE FOLLOWING - Season 1 - "Havenport" | ©2013 Fox/Michael Lavine

The title of THE FOLLOWING refers to the homicidal acolyte of brilliant serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), who currently seems to be in dire straits, with his young son Joey (Kyle Catlett) taken away from him by the Feds, who are also close to storming his location. Former FBI profiler Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) has been brought in to help with capturing Carroll – he did it before, after all. Hardy has his own good kind of follower, FBI Special Agent Mike Weston, played by Shawn Ashmore. Mike admires Ryan, even when he thinks the older lawman is being […]Read On »

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