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Don’t miss, Deadpool 2 [MOVIE REVIEW]

In Deadpool 2, the 11th installment of the X-Men series, thing are going well for Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) until he loses a loved one. When he attempts to join her on the other side, he learns that he has to do more good in this world before he can move to the next. His first step is to assist a young, troubled mutant. However, Cable (Josh Brolin) gets in the way of that effort leading Wilson to put together a new team of X-men to fight his old nemesis.

Critiquing Deadpool 2 is easy. If you like the mutants’ series, this episode will not disappoint. And Deadpool 2 gets a See It! rating. It has all the battles, humorous dialogue and over the top action scenes which made the first Deadpool film a success. Ryan Reynolds breathes an everyman type of charm into the lead character. He’s funny and flawed which makes him more credible.

One downside of the mutant series is the lack of racial diversity. The main characters are overwhelmingly white males. However, the creators do embrace black women characters. There’s Storm who was played by Halle Berry in four of the X-Men films. In Deadpool 2, Leslie Uggams returns as Blind Al, Wilson’s confidant. And joining his new team in this film is the half German and half African-American, Zazie Beetz. Her mutant skills are exceptional marksmanship and hand-to-hand skills, and probability-altering powers.

However, due to the overall lack of cast diversity, Deadpool 2, receives a “C” for cast diversity.

It’s rated “R” (for strong violence and language throughout, sexual references and brief drug material) and is 111 minutes in length.

Ultimately, Deadpool 2 is a See It!

Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse Gets a Split Review

In X-Men: Apocalypse, an ancient cyber-mutant Apocalypse awakens, doesn't like what he sees and decides to take over the world and destroy the human race, so, the more peaceful X-Men decide to stop him and defeat his team. The cyber-mutant goes to the far reaches of the world to identify, recruit and train what will become his team – and then the battle is on.

Frankly, I have never been a fan of the X-Men series. It stretches credibility that these mutants each of which has his, or her own, unique super power are somehow rivals to humans who lack such powers. And also, as I point out in every review, cast diversity is important and the X-Men: Apocalypse conspicuously lacks diversity. There's Storm (Alexandra Shipp) who is black but even she turns blond at the point in which she comes into her own and fully embraces her mutantism. Also, the other mutants discovered around the world are engaging in noble pursuits, while Storm has to be rescued from a street vendor she has just stolen from.

But for those of you who are X-Men fans, you won't be disappointed. The same plot that makes the series popular are in full bloom here. There is the battle between the mutants who advocate peace with the humans, and those who embrace a more confrontational attitude. There's plenty of action with characters being beaten to a pulp, then amazingly brushing it off and then are up and around in few minutes.

X-Men: Apocalypse gets a split review. If you are an X-Men fan by all means See It! If not, don't bother.

X-Men: Apocalypse is 144 minutes in length. It's rated PG-13 (for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief strong language and some suggestive images)

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