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‘Looking Glass’ is an uninspired trip back to Wonderland

When Tim Burton’s 2010 live-action version of “Alice in Wonderland” raked in a billion dollars there was no question that Disney would pounce on the opportunity for a sequel. Helpfully, Lewis Carroll did write a second book about Alice and her adventures in Wonderland, “Through the Looking-Glass,” but it proves to be only a suggestion for the film, which arrives this weekend, to a very diminished return. It feels reverse-engineered to fit a release date, with a story that, though it takes wild liberties with the book’s plot, manages to feel largely unimaginative and low-stakes.

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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ delivers a bit too much of a good thing

“X -Men: Apocalypse” is a veritable pinata of mutants, a picturesque eruption of the world as we know it — or at least as comic book fans do — scattering trails of smoke, rubble, dead bodies and genetically enhanced superheroes every which way. With a main cast of 20, including four unnamed mutants who are quickly dispatched during a prologue in ancient Egypt, the latest sequel in the beloved Marvel Comics movie saga about freaks of nature is, even by today’s bloated standards of the genre, a bit overstuffed. It’s as if “Captain America: Civil War” ate “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” swallowing everything except the most indigestible bits of social commentary.

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