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Busy month, here are the contenders:

Zootropolis: In a world of anthropomorphic animals Judy Hopps dreams of becoming the first rabit police office.  A fun movie with some great jokes and a good message.Zootropolis

The Jungle Book: Real life, or to be more precise animation rendered to look real adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s jungle book.  I wasn’t that keen to see this but found it surprisingly enjoyable.The Jungle Book

Sing Street: John Carney’s story of a teenager who starts a band in 1980’s Dublin to impress a girl.  It does nothing particularly original but is funny and charming.Lucy-Boynton-Sing-Street

Our Kind of Traitor: Adaptation of a John le Carré.  Ewan McGregor and Damian Lewis over act and Naomie Harris is criminally underused, at least Stellan Skarsgård has a fun with the part.  Not the greatest le Carré but worth seeing.Our Kind of Traitor

Everybody Wants Some!!: Richard Linklater describes his 1980 set collage movie as a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused.  Not his greatest film but still fun and funny.Everybody Wants Some

Florence Foster Jenkins: Stephen Frears tells the true and often absurd story of the New York socialite with a desire to be opera singer, unaware that she had a terrible singing voice.  Surprisingly warm and funny.  Meryl Streep is as good as you would expect, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg are the real stars.Florence Foster Jenkins

Green Room: A punk band get caught up in events that don’t concern them and end up trapped in the green room of the title after a gig.   Jeremy Saulnier’s follow-up to Blue Ruin is violent, bloody and visceral.  I’m sure many viewers will hate it.  I loved it.Green Room

X-Men Apocalypse: The third and weakest instalment of the X Men reboot/prequels, but what did you expect? ” At Least We Can All Agree The Third One Is Always The Worst”X Men Apocalypse

Whisky Tango Foxtrot: Tina Fey stars as a war correspondent based on the book The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker, based on her own experience.  Enjoyable and interesting, Fey and Margot Robbie are both excellent but the film doesn’t have anything new to say about war or how it is reported.  Would made a good companion piece with last month’s Louder than Bombs.Whisky Tango Foxtrot

A Hologram for the King: There are two things you can be assured of with Tom Tykwer, his films are always interesting and no one can agree how to pronounce his name.  Based on Dave Eggers novel of the same name about a washed-up salesman pitching a new technology to the King of Saudi Arabia.  A slightly confused narrative but interesting and shot with great flair.A Hologram for the King

The Nice Guys: Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling play a mismatched pair of deceives in 1970’s LA.  The movie is a snarky and funny as you would expect from  Shane Black.The Nice Guys

Money Monster:  Director Jodie Foster keeps the pace up in this timely thriller and enjoyable.  A little preachy at time but well acted by George Clooney, Jack O’Connell and particularly Julia Roberts.  Money Monster

Warcraft: The Beginning: Based on the popular game.  It looks good, the acting isn’t terrible but the script is.  Some enjoyable moments but on the whole, no better than OK.warcraft

And movie of the month is: Sing Street narrowly edges out Green Room.  I loved them both but am more looking forward to a second viewing of Sing Street.Sing-Street_poster

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When writing about a female led comic book/superhero movie I purposely missed out the X-Men.  The X-Women are so complicated they need their own article.  20th Century Fox currently hold the rights to the X-Men.  The film series so far consists of: X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), X-Men: First Class (2011), The Wolverine (2013) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).  The next film in the series will be X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) followed by an as yet untitled Wolverine sequel (2017).  There has also been a suggestion of a spin-off X-Force movie.

The problem is twofold, the X-Men exist as a group or team and work best as such.  The second problem, the X-Men haven’t always made best use of their female characters.  In the comic books Wolverine has been truly successful as a solo character and in turn is the only one to get a his own movie.  The one female character that could hold a film, Psylocke has never been properly introduced.  The most notable character that advances have been disappointed with is Storm/Ororo Munroe.  Many people blame Halle Berry for her performance, in reality it is more down to the writing.

Jean Grey / Phoenix (Famke Janssen) is better written for the screen but is used to the greatest effect when playing against Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.Jean Grey  Phoenix Famke Janssen

Marie / Rogue (Anna Paquin) has been used to less effect in each film until the most recent where she is reduced to a cameo.X-Men: Last Stand (2006) Anna Paquin as Marie/Rogue

Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) Promoted from a cameo for to a leading role in Days of Future Past.Kitty Pryde Ellen Page

Raven Darkholme / Mystique could be the answer.  Always an interesting character in the first three movies  played by Rebecca Romijn, replaced by Jennifer Lawrence for the prequel movies, First Class and Days of Future Past, star power has been added to the mix.  I suggested the possibility of a Mystique movie five years ago.  I’m would have to be a different story to fit with the existing continuity but could still work.Raven Darkholme Mystique Rebecca Romijn Jennifer Lawrence

I mentioned about the idea of an X-Force movie, this could do two things.  Continue the old film series with some of the old characters alongside the First Class team.  It also gives the chance to introduce unused characters or reintroduced characters that were wasted in The Last Stand such as Psylocke.  Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock/Psylocke first appeared in Captain Britain, vol. 1 #8 in 1976 as a supporting character to her brother Brian Braddock Captain Britain.  Originally having precognitive abilities, then later revealed as a telepath, she also gained Jean Grey’s telekinesis ability.  She later transferred into the body of female Japanese mutant ninja Kwannon.  She gained Kwannon’s skills and elements of her personality.  The Character has a lot of millage and could introduced in her Japanese form with an origin story to follow using an English actress.Psylocke

I don’t see Fox rushing to join the race for a female comic book movie.  But like the idea of an X-Force movie.

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