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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-13-2019

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4 ENTERTAINMENT JUNE 12-18, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION Mixed Magic presents 'Night's People' PROVIDENCE – Mixed Magic Theatre presents Night's People, "When the Sun is Gone Night's People Gather to Sing," on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Repertory Theater, 201 Washington St. The musical is by Ricardo Pitts-Wiley and Robert Schleeter. To purchase tickets, visit www.trinityrep.com. H 1/2 Disney, who bought 20th Century Fox, has released "Dark Phoenix." This is officially the last film that will be produced or made by Fox and moving forward, the X-Men, Deadpool and other mutants will be reintegrated back into the official Marvel Cinematic Universe (along with the Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer and Dr. Doom) under Disney's omnipotent eye. The X-Men franchise has been slowly disintegrating ever since 2016's "X-Men: Apocalypse." That film could have, and perhaps should have, been the end of their run. However, filmgoers and comic book fans are going to have to endure one more outing with the children of the atom. This film centers around Jean Grey who was already a very powerful telekinetic and telepath and one of the original five X-Men in the comics. Picking up where she left off from the last film playing Jean is Sophie Turner. When the team is dispatched to save an errant space shuttle in 1992, they encounter what they think is some sort of solar flare. Jean saves the day and the other team members, but absorbs and becomes a host to this cosmic entity that envelops her being. Over the course of the film, Jean begins to exhibit amazing and increas- ingly dangerous new powers. Meanwhile, Raven, the blue skinned shape shifter played by Jennifer Lawrence, is questioning her old friend and mentor, Charles Xavier ( James McAvoy), to all of the other young children at this school for gifted youngsters. Raven is considering leaving the nest and wants to take Nicholas Hoult's "Beast" with her. But when Jean goes astray, they all flock after her, but also find out that Charles is perhaps just as maniacal, if not more manipulative and twisted than Magneto (Michael Fassbender). By the midway point through this effects and CG-heavy flick you start to realize how familiar all of this feels, because it really isn't treading much new ground compared to the last time this story was told in 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand." That film, while still middling at best, is on par or equal to this one. As someone who grew up reading the X-Men and did so for 20 years, I am baffled as to why this story needed a second telling when there's literally dozens of other amazing runs these film makers could have utilized. Simon Kinberg who had previously written or produced past 'X' films has slid into the director's chair to helm his own story as adapted by the source material. Suffice it to say, Mr. Kinberg should have stayed far behind the scenes because this film is an unemotional, bland, regurgitated waste of two hours. McAvoy is still good and may be the best in the cast for still showing an interest in their character. Turner broods about looking sullen just as she did as Sansa on HBO's "Game of Thrones." I look forward to this fran- chise taking some time off until such time that Kevin Feige deems it worthy to return to the big screen. The film is rated PG-13. Film Unfiltered TOM BURKE SOPHIE TURNER returns to her role as Jean Grey/Phoenix in the new X-Men film "Dark Phoenix." 'Dark Phoenix' bland and unoriginal

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