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X-Men: Apocalypse Directed by Bryan Singer Opens May 27 This year’s superior X-Film, Deadpool, obliged its ink-and-panel sources by humorously and directly acknowledging the audience, often at the expense of Fox’s penny-pinchers. If that film playfully embraced those offscreen, X-Men: Apocalypse awkwardly continues that gesture with subtle bitterness. Bryan Singer’s troubled X-Men franchise, now a teenager, is still preoccupied with origin, knowing well that its fanbase is loyal but insatiable. Since rebooting with allegedly sexier actors—you can...
The Brothers Grimsby Directed by Louis Leterrier Opens March 11 Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy—naughty hijinks flavored with Sellers-ian versatility and thinly glazed social satire—gains its energy from two groups. First, those vexed saps duped by Cohen’s infamously ignorant aliases—the anti-Semitic newscaster Borat, “b-boy wannabe” Ali G, and flamboyantly gay fashionista Bruno—into thinking they’re not in a mock-doc. Then there’s the offscreen audience, simultaneously awed and repelled by the gleeful filth on-screen, while inquisitive of what unseen shit...

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