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Director Bryan Singer returns to the X-Men franchise. Is this the mutant extravaganza audiences are craving for?

The Good: There’s a lot to like in DOFP. From the opening sequence, the action scenes are the best in the series. And it is nice to see Ian McKellen (Magneto), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), Halle Berry (Storm) and more reprise their roles. James McAvoy (Young Charles), Michael Fassbender (Young Erik), Nicholas Hoult (Young Beast) and Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique)  are the standouts from the “First Class” cast.

The real joy here is Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters. He’s easily the most memorable new character and is a blast to watch. By now, if you’ve seen any of the trailers, you know the basic plot revolving around Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). And seeing the sentinels in action is fantastic, though at least one of the designs looks and acts very similar to the robot from “Thor”. The film is a slick, fun thrill ride and a blast to watch.

The Bad: Honestly, with so many mutants, some characters were going to get the short end of the stick in terms of screen time. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Many of the mutants serve as nods for fans, but I wish Page got more screen time. I understand why she didn’t given the size of the cast, but she’s such a strong actress, it would have been nice.

No plot spoilers here, but given the story they went with, it does raise some questions, given there are six other X-Men films in the universe. But, it’s not too big of a deal.

Speaking of the plot, Peter Dinklage is, unfortunately, the weak link of the new characters introduced. He’s not terrible, but he gets a little lost in the film and the script doesn’t give him a lot to do.

The Final Word: It’s a fun, and at times thrilling, mutant adventure. This just may be my favorite X-Men film yet and breathes new life into the franchise.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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Here’s the latest trailer for the highly anticipated “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”.

The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour HOffman, Jena Malone, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright and more.

Francis Lawrence is directing.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

 

We haven’t even released “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” but news for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”, which is split into two parts, is already flying. Julianne Moore is reportedly up for the role of (Big spoiler) District 13 leader Alma Coin.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” sees Francis Lawrence take over directing duties and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Wright.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Paranoia” trailer

Here’s the first trailer for “Paranoia”.

The film looks pretty decent. Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford and Amber Heard star.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s the first trailer for the upcoming horror film “The Between”.

The film, starring “The Hunger Games” Isabelle Furhman and Joel Courtney looks…well…pretty bad from this trailer. Can anyone tell me just what the hell I just saw? Hopefully the film is better than this trailer.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Isabelle Fuhrman is a young actress with a lot of promise. She was Clove in “The Hunger Games” and also starred in “The Orphan”. Now she’s branching out by joining the film “Dear Eleanor”. Kevin Connolly (“Entourage”) is directing the film which, according to Deadline, is a coming-of-age drama set in 1962, when the United States was dealing with the political tensions and social fears generated by the Cuban Missile Crisis. Fuhrman will play one of two teenage girls who embark on a cross-country journey in search of Eleanor Roosevelt. The trade doesn’t elaborate on what they are hoping to accomplish if and when they find the former First Lady. Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way will produce.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Liam Hemsworth plays Gale in “The Hunger Games” movies. Now Hemsworth is joining the film “Aurora Rising”, which tells the story of a Southern California surfer who becomes a fighter pilot. But after a messy combat mission, he’s recruited to be part of an elite team testing a new kind of aircraft at the dawn of an international conflict.

It sounds a little bit like “Top Gun” and “Red Dawn”. Not sure that’s a good thing.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s the first official poster for the upcoming “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”. You can view it here.

The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as Katniss, Peeta and Gale. Francis Lawrence is directing.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

The answer is big…but…not that big. Marvel Studio’s “Iron Man 3″ earned $15.6 million from its Thursday night shows. That’s below ‘The Avengers”, which made $18.7 million without earlier 9 p.m. shows. It’s also well below “The Hunger Games”, which earned $19.7 million and “The Dark Knight Rises”, which earned $30 million. Friday will determine how big “Iron Man 3” will open for the whole weekend though. It looks like maybe an opening around “The Hunger Games” opening of $152.5 million might be more in line.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here it is! The teaser trailer for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, which seems pretty long for a teaser trailer. But that’s a good thing!

The film sees Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) and Liam Hemsworth (Gale) return to the three lead roles. The film also stars Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Wright.

Lukas Eggen cna be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.