X-Men: The Last Stand

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X-Men: The Last Stand ★½ X-Men 3 2006 (PG-13)

Last stand? More like “can't stand.” Hack-a-licious director Brett Ratner tarnishes the legacy of Bryan Singer's above-average superhero series with this lazy, unimaginative bore. Forget all the subtlety and coolness from the first two X-Men movies, because Ratner's replaced them with cheap-looking FX, incoherent storytelling, and barely disguised misogyny. Professor X's merry mutants have to contend with a resurrected Jean Grey (reborn as the all powerful Phoenix) and a new “cure” that threatens to wipe out mutantkind forever. Sounds intriguing, but you won't believe how often your eyes will involuntarily roll as major characters die stupidly, plot holes run rampant, and Wolverine cries like a wuss every ten minutes. 104m/C DVD, Blu-ray Disc . US Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn, Kelsey Grammer, Ben Foster, James Marsden, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, Ellen Page, Aaron Stanford, Vinnie Jones, Dania Ramirez, Olivia Williams, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Cameron Bright, Michael Murphy, Bill Duke, Eric Dane, Haley Ramm, Josef Sommer, Connor Widdows, Shauna Kain, Ken Leung, Kea Wong, Anthony Heald, Makenzie Vega; D: Brett Ratner; W: Zak Penn, Simon Kinberg; C: Dante Spinotti; M: John Powell.