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May 27, 2010

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X-MEN: THE LAST STAND
(Comcast Movies: All Movies) The future of mutant-kind is under siege again. This time the American government is backing an antidote to the mutant species. Professor X (Patrick Stewart) wants to negotiate, but his old friend Magneto (Ian McKellen) wants a war. This third and headiest installment of the series is fat with ideas and emotionally scarred characters. (PG-13; runs through June 7) WESLEY MORRIS

THE BLIND SIDE
(Comcast Movies: All Movies) Sandra Bullock plays a Memphis woman who takes in an enormous, athletic African-American. He thrives. She thrives. The film is hard to resist. But it’s another Hollywood movie about a black male rescued from God knows what either by nice white people or sports. Here it’s both. How good we feel is directly proportional to how blind we’re willing to be. (PG-13; runs through Aug. 22) WESLEY MORRIS

BATMAN RETURNS
(Comcast Movies: All Movies) Better than the original because it’s more of a Tim Burton film — darker, weirder, more gnarled and more fun as it sends its isolated, conflicted characters through a heavy, oppressive retro Gotham City where the architecture is either fascist or decaying, or both. The sun never shines on Michael Keaton’s brooding Batman or Danny DeVito’s embittered Penguin. Michelle Pfeiffer, as whip-cracking Catwoman in a slinky, sexy black catsuit with Frankenstein stitching, steals the movie. (PG-13; runs through June 7)