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The War Inside of “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

You cannot serve two masters. That’s what the old adage says, but comic book movies have mostly been able to prove it wrong over the last decade. Consider the complexity of their challenge: Each movie must do service to the legions of dedicated fan boys who comprise the genre’s base and are all too willing…

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If “Neighbors” Were “Townies”

By nearly any barometer, Neighbors is a successful movie. The frat comedy starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and Rose Byrne took the top spot at the domestic box office last weekend (knocking The Amazing Spider-Man 2 off its perch), and it has even received mostly solid reviews from the critical community, which is rare for…

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“Neighbors” and the Limits of the Apatow Empire

Neighbors, a disappointing new frat comedy, was directed by Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets, The Five-Year Engagement), but it has the DNA of Judd Apatow all over it. Apatow is best known for writing and directing The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, but he also started a comedy empire that has spawned numerous other filmmakers. For…