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Matthew Vaughn and a superb cast reinvigorated the franchise with cool retro style and globe-trotting intrigue in 2011’s “X-Men: First Class.” The series’ original director, Bryan Singer, continues that momentum in the vigorously entertaining “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” While it’s more dramatically diffuse than the reboot and lacks a definitive villain, the new film is shot through with a stirring reverence for the Marvel Comics characters and their universe. And it ups the stakes by threatening nothing less than the genocide of the mutant population, among them faces old and new.

Hardcore followers will have a geek field day dissecting the challenging pretzel logic of writer-producer Simon Kinberg’s screenplay, from a story by Jane Goldman, Kinberg and Vaughn, who had originally planned to direct. The central premise comes from the 1981 Uncanny X-Men comic “Days of Future Past,” in which Kitty Pryde (recently out Ellen Page) uses her consciousness transference powers to go back from a dystopian future and rewrite history.

Summer cinema sans superheroes

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP film writer
Thursday, 15 May 2014 20:12

Keira Knightley and Adam Levin in Begin Again. – Photo: Courtesy

More exotic creatures thrive in the shadows of summer blockbusters. Here are 10 of the most anticipated indie films due this summer, nary a caped superhero or city-crushing monster among them.

Straight and gay, uncensored

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 12:31

Butch Cordora, host of the gay Philadelphia TV talk show In Bed With Butch, is the main subject of the 2010 documentary Straight and Butch. The program airs on Here TV beginning May 30 and continuing through June, which is Gay Pride Month.

Man sues 'X-Men' director for sexually abusing him as a teen

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 19 April 2014 18:22

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A man who claims he was sexually abused by X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer said that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and he does not know why charges were never pursued.

Unauthorized “Saint Laurent” shows YSL’s dark side

Written by THOMAS ADAMSON,
AP writer
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 10:05

His surviving gay lover Pierre Berge didn’t want this film to see the light of day.

But over the weekend, the controversial, no-holds-barred story of one of the 20th-century’s greatest fashion designers, Yves Saint Laurent, who died in 2008, screened in competition at Cannes.

'The Immigrant' a somber masterpiece

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP writer
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 11:23

Floating in past a misty Statue of Liberty, James Gray's "The Immigrant" somberly gathers its majesty as a metaphor-rich story of passage and survival. It's an old tale told with rare precision, channeling grand themes into an intimate melodrama.

Ellis Island, a portal of hope and new beginning for films from Elia Kazan's "America, America" to Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather, Part II," is here a more complicated rebirth.

‘Chicago’ burns with talent

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 12:24

When Kander & Ebb’s Tony Award-winning musical Chicago finally hit the big screen in 2002 after a few failed attempts (including proposed versions rumored to star Liza Minnelli and Goldie Hawn), it was a massive success. The winner of six Oscars, including best picture, Chicago seemed to signal the return of the big-screen movie musical. 

Out on video
'Carrie' remake explodes without bombing

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:03

Why do filmmakers insist on remaking good movies when there are so many more bad movies worthy of their attention?

Chilling 'Godzilla' reboot upholds legacy

Written by Jessica Herndon,
AP Film writer
Saturday, 17 May 2014 16:06

No one can blame Gareth Edwards for admittedly feeling nervous when asked to helm a remake of the biggest monster movie of all time. Sure, the only other film he had directed happened to be 2010’s Monsters. But this time, it was Godzilla.

‘Four’ lacks authenticity

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 12:35
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Four, the full-length feature film debut by writer/director Joshua Sanchez, is an adaptation of award-winning gay playwright Christopher Shinn’s first play. An intimate portrait of four characters’ lives intersecting on the fourth of July, the film features solid performances, but the film as a whole comes off as self-conscious.

TV remake of 'Rosemary's Baby' shifts to Paris

Written by The AP Tuesday, 29 April 2014 05:31

Wiry Zoe Saldana got a kick out of wearing a huge fake belly as she played a young, pregnant wife on the Paris set of the remake of the classic horror tale "Rosemary's Baby."

"Every time I wear the really big ones, it breaks everybody's heart whenever we're doing all those stressful scenes, so I am milking that, I am really milking that," the actress quipped as she sat in a hospital room used as a filming location.

New on video
'Chastity Bites' is all bark

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:57

Chastity Bites is low-budget camp horror/slasher flick for the Mean Girls generation.