Green Lantern

(PG-13) ★★☆☆☆

As test pilot Hal Jordan, who gets a magic ring, Ryan Reynolds displays enough charisma to carry a major action franchise. But the film itself is disappointingly routine. It’s a relationship picture, in which the man learns to be a better man en route to saving the planet from the fire-breathing, soul-sucking Parallax. Blake Lively provides a welcome distraction as Hal’s ex. With the help of his ring, Hal can turn anything he can think of into reality. I just wish he’d thought up a better movie.

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Call it Muppet Babies for the ComiCon set: X-Men: First Class goes back in time to tell the tale of how Professor X, Mystique, Magneto and the rest of the Marvel mutant supergroup met cute, grew up and became heroes ... and villains. For the fifth movie in its franchise, this prequel feels surprisingly fresh—mostly thanks to the dynamic young cast, headed up by James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender.

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