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May 1, 2009 | Ben Fritz
The movie industry kicks off its lucrative and high-stakes summer season today with Fox's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" in the leadoff position. Although May is always a jampacked month at theaters, Hollywood is pushing the envelope this year with five "tent poles," all of which are sequels or spin-offs budgeted at well over $100 million, set to open by Memorial Day weekend. Last year the number was four and in 2007 it was three.
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April 30, 2009 | Kenneth Turan, FILM CRITIC
Whatever you do, you don't want to make Wolverine mad. First comes that god-awful earth-shattering scream, then those indestructible adamantium claws pop out of his hands, all leading to a display of what insiders call "berserker rage." Believe me, it's not a pretty picture. It is, however, a picture we see a lot of in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," the fourth movie to allow Hugh Jackman to play the darkly handsome, intense masculine poster boy for Marvel Comics' favorite band of mutants.
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