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'Dark Phoenix' mercifully brings the X-Men saga to a close


Dark Phoenix ends, as all superhero movies do, with the hint of more to come. But it's a mirage this time, as far as we know: This truly is the end of Fox's core X-Men series for the foreseeable future, at least until it gets rebooted under the Disney umbrella.

And it comes not a moment too soonDark Phoenix feels less like a triumphant sendoff than a reminder of the series' most self-sabotaging tendencies.

This one does, at least, suffer from less narrative sloppiness than its predecessors, X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: Days of Future Past. There's only one central storyline here, and it's easy enough to follow — it involves the fallout from an incident that left superhero Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) with dangerously amplified powers.  Read more...

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