Gary Cogill Reviews ‘X-Men', ‘Alice'

In a cinematic summer of global destruction I'm already exhausted just thinking about, "X Men: Apocalypse."

"X-Men: Apocalypse" is an often frustrating $230 million-plus spectacle that begins with promise and ends with more chaos and collateral damage than most ten films.

"Apocalypse" is a literal character played in heavy costume by Oscar Isaac, an ancient angry mutant who wants to purge the world and start over. James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence fight the good fight in a series of massive, dumbed down showdowns between good mutants and bad mutants.

"X-Men: Apocalypse" is directed with a heavy-hand by Brian Singer, who started the franchise back in 2000. Gone is the wit and wisdom of youth, and the grand theme of acceptance, because it's been replaced with generic world domination and annihilation.

Don't get me wrong, it's a good one hour film in a two and a half hour time frame.

"Alice Through The Looking Glass" is consistently weird AND sweet-matured, making up for in visuals what it lacks in story-telling.

Alice returns to wonderland where it's not so wonderful because the Mad Hatter is depressed and takes a turn for the worse.

It's up to Alice to travel back in time and make it all better.

Johnny Depp is consistently odd as the Hatter, but the scene-stealer is once again Helena Bonham Carter as the shouting, barking Red Queen.

"Alice Through The Looking Glass" rarely jumps off the screen, but there is a strong sense of girl power goodness to the story and a healthy dose of forgiveness. I liked it, but never loved it. It's a movie in the middle.

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