you're such a critic

June 16, 2006

THE QUESTION

The movie X-Men: The Last Stand has been a box-office favorite since its opening.

The movie series, taken from a popular comic book, has itself gained popularity. Which one of the X-Men do you identify with and why?

WHAT YOU SAY

The volcanic, fury-venting Dr. Jean Grey was my personal favorite. She reminded me of an old girlfriend. Every time she would go off, she wanted to waste not only the living, but to also raise the dead to life to give them a good whacking, too!

LIAM HUGHES, BALTIMORE

Of all the X-Men characters, I like Magneto the best because of his background and personality. His childhood in the Nazi concentration camps made him hate people who had more power than he did and who crushed those like him. He is evil, but he believes that he's doing good by protecting the mutants from extermination by humans. Magneto also sees problems differently than other mutants, especially Xavier, who always has a different opinion.

In X-3, Magneto thinks that Phoenix should stay the way she is -- filled with beauty, joy and rage -- but Xavier wants to control Phoenix and make her normal. When Magneto makes a metal pawn shake on a chess board at the end of X-3, I was excited that there might be a sequel. I will always think of Magneto as a fighter.

NATHAN KRIMMEL, BALTIMORE

THE NEXT QUESTION

Meryl Streep stars in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, a movie that opened last week and premiered at No. 7 with $4.6 million at the box office. Streep is very selective when taking on a role. What is your favorite Meryl Streep film and why?

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