Movies out Today: 20 May 2016

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Hate to break it to you, but it’s more like X-MEHn: Apocalypse! Amirite?! Guys…?

  • X-Men: Apocalypse

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

At this point, if you’ve seen one X-Men movie, you’ve seen them all. The same motivations are re-hashed, the same plot points are revisited, even the same action sequences are redone (but this time they’re “bigger” and “better” – which is arguable in my opinion). If you’re expecting another Days of Future Past, this is not it. The villain comes across as weak, side characters are barely glanced at, and even the main characters are tired. Despite some of the best action sequences to date, Apocalypse is frustratingly uneven, it’s okay moment to moment and might elicit some genuine fanboy cheers from you, but the whole is not greater than the sum of its parts. Kervyn has high hopes for the future of the franchise, but right now gives Apocalypse a disappointed 3/5 Stars.

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  • Before I Wake

In this intense and heart pounding supernatural thriller, Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) decide to take in a sweet and loving 8-year-old boy, Cody. Unbeknownst to them, Cody is terrified of falling asleep. At first, they assume his previous unstable homes caused his aversion to sleep, but soon discover why: Cody’s dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. In one moment they experience the incredible wonder of Cody’s imagination, and in the next, the horrific nature of his night terrors. To save their new family, Jessie and Mark embark on a dangerous hunt to uncover the truth behind Cody’s nightmares.

Hey, Kate Bosworth! What’s she been up to recently? Starring in another ho-hum psychological horror/thriller? Oh, not good. Before I Wake starts out with an interesting premise but falls apart towards the end as it inevitably goes down the same well-worn paths of the genre. With too many subplots and loose ends, Before I Wake only manages to scare up 29% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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  • Sing Street

From director John Carney (ONCE, BEGIN AGAIN), SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band…yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos. Inspired by writer/director John Carney’s life and love for music, SING STREET shows us a world where music has the power to take us away from the turmoil of everyday life and transform us into something greater.

Packed to the brim with energy and nostalgia, critics are saying that it’s impossible to dislike Sing Street. It’s truly touching, full of wonder, magic, irresistible charm, and so on and so forth. Sounds like the kind of movie my mom will totally love. Sing Street rocks out to the tune of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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  • The Man Who Knew Infinity

Written and directed by Matthew Brown, THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY is the true story of friendship that forever changed mathematics. In 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a self-taught Indian mathematics genius, traveled to Trinity College, Cambridge, where over the course of five years, forged a bond with his mentor, the brilliant and eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), and fought against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world. The film also stars Devika Bhise, Stephen Fry and Toby Jones. This is Ramanujan’s story as seen through Hardy’s eyes.

Engaging and heartfelt, The Man Who Knew Infinity might be predictable and stick solidly within the comfort zones of the based-on-a-true-story biopic genre, but it’s endearing just the same. It’s thoughtful, sincere and well-acted, scoring 63% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Last Updated: May 20, 2016

Tracy Benson

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