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  • Simon Kinberg's Dark Phoenix is only slightly better than X-Men: The Last Stand. 1 / 9

  • It starts off with Jean's cosmic possession, but quickly fizzles. 2 / 9

  • Still, it's way better than the evil alternate persona from Brett Ratner's movie. 3 / 9

  • Characters such as Cyclops and Xavier are also given more agency this time around. 4 / 9

  • Ratner's movie killed them off too early, eliminating any emotional resonance. 5 / 9

  • Both movies fall short, however, by not taking Jean's finale to space. 6 / 9

  • Instead, Kinberg opts to ground the adaptation once more, making it boring. 7 / 9

  • However, the cast -- and a slight cosmic angle -- does make Dark Phoenix the better watch. 8 / 9

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