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Our favorite mutants' 'Last Stand' reveals fading power

Review B-

May 26, 2006|By MICHAEL SRAGOW | MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Whether the entry is good, great or (in this case) indifferent, it's always stimulating to return to the high-flying X-Men series.

In the opening minutes of X-Men: The Last Stand, we witness mutant Warren Worthington III shearing off his new-grown wings to the horror of his billionaire father, Warren Worthington Jr. (Michael Murphy), who sets out to find a cure for the mutant gene. When he locates it in another mutant who can leech fellow super-beings of their powers, that cure becomes the pivot for the latest and final chapter in the big-screen X-Men saga.

X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (20th Century Fox) Starring Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Kelsey Grammer, Patrick Stewart, Ben Foster and Michael Murphy. Directed by Brett Ratner. Rated PG-13. Time 104 minutes.

To hear Michael Sragow's podcast about a classic ensemble adventure, "The Great Escape," visit baltimoresun.com/sragow.

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