X-Men: Dark Phoenix an Unsatisfactory Final Chapter

A disappointing ending to an already dying franchise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix proves to be yet another misguided installment to Fox’s X-Men series, closing out the original generation of Marvel films that saved the comic book company from bankruptcy nearly two decades ago. To be fair, after several failed attempts to revive the series’ relevancy over the past several years, excluding spin-offs from the franchise’s main storyline such as the critically-acclaimed …

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Natasha Shoro: Evoking the Splendor of Nature

Natasha Shoro approaches her abstract expressionist paintings intuitively. Working in her Irvine home studio, listening to exotic dance music, she picks up her brushes and palette knives, dips them into brightly colored paints, and incorporates collage elements, some with South Asian textile designs. Moving joyously to dance music, she paints swirls, biomorphic shapes and intricate patterning onto her canvases. The results are large multicolored artworks, infused with symbols and influences …

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