Dark Phoenix ★★★

A huge step up from Apocalypse, but still well short of Logan, DoFP, and even First Class. A low-budget superhero flick that trades on a (poorly directed, but generally) really solid cast, an ending which benefitted from rewrites to avoid being too close to Cpt. Marvel, and nostalgia for what the Fox X-verse could have been if every film had gotten the love and respect that Logan clearly did. I can't wait for Marvel to pave over every single one of these movies and do justice to some of the larger X-men arcs, but I will miss the (flawed) character that some of these films clearly have (trapped inside and fighting desperately to be seen through the cracks).