On this final Friday before Labor Day (the unofficial end of summer), I thought I’d take a bit of a flashback to a movie from earlier this summer. It’s a film that, in my humble opinion, was misread by many critics. “Dark Phoenix” also marks the end of an era as the final X-Men film…

…Fan the Flames

Hey there, my fellow nerds. It’s Comic-Con weekend, and fandoms of all kinds have descended on San Diego to collectively geek out over the latest pop culture news and reveals. For those of us not lucky to be there in person, there’s still plenty to keep us distracted and out of the heat this weekend….

…do or dye

The format of “Atomic Blonde” is familiar enough. We open in 1989 Berlin, right in the middle of the Cold War, and just barely ahead of the fall of the Wall…and smack dab on top of the premise of countless spy thrillers. Cut to chase scene ending in a British operative being taken out. Cue…

…Go to X-tremes

“Everyone knows the third movie’s always the worst.” Jean Grey, “X-Men: Apocalypse” “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the third film in the current X-Men trilogy knows what it’s up against. Being last in a trilogy is never an easy task, but “Apocalypse,” manages to successfully bring this chapter to a close with just a few bumps in the road….


It’s hard to believe that it’s been 14 years since the first X-Men movie was released, but for a couple of the missteps (Wolverine, you know what you did), it’s been a pretty fantastic ride.

…Go First Class

The summer of Marvel Comics on the silver screen continued last week with the opening of “X-Men: First Class,” and the Crusade was there to check it out for you.  In this latest, prequel installment of the X-Men series, director Matthew Vaughn creates a familiar but different mutant universe. While not a relaunch in the same vein…