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'Deadpool 2': A tad tame but still a ton of fun

Film / Reviews May 30, 2018

'Deadpool 2': A tad tame but still a ton of fun

by James Hadfield

Blame it on the Bat. For a brief period, Deadpool seemed like the most subversive player on the cinematic superhero circuit, deflating the genre's pretensions with a barrage of self-referential humor and fourth wall-breaking asides. But after last year's "The Lego Batman Movie," he's ...

Superhero films need to reach beyond the geeks

Film Aug 17, 2016

Superhero films need to reach beyond the geeks

by James Hadfield

Where superhero movies are concerned, you should never trust a critic. When David Ayer's "Suicide Squad" opened to a barrage of negative press in the U.S. earlier this month, some fans responded by lashing out at film journalists online. One even launched a petition ...

Hollywood takes its wisecracking hero seriously

Film May 25, 2016

Hollywood takes its wisecracking hero seriously

by Ryotaro Aoki

The opening credits of "Deadpool" begin with the words "Some Douchebag's Film." Maybe it was because of this self-deprecation that overseas audiences found the film refreshing. Especially since in another recent superhero blockbuster, a billionaire vigilante pontificates on morality using the "one percent doctrine" ...