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Fantastic Four

For the first half hour or so, this Marvel Comics adaptation approximates the childlike wonder of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. A kindhearted scientist assembles a team of young prodigies to construct a machine that will transport people to an alternate universe. All four principals—Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell—are well cast, and their gee-whiz idealism is just right for the wide-eyed perspective of director Josh Trank. His film turns into yet another special effects showcase once the quartet gain superpowers, but at least the effects look good.



  • Josh Trank


  • Miles Teller
  • Michael Jordan
  • Kate Mara
  • Jamie Bell
  • Toby Kebbell
  • Reg Cathey
  • Tim Nelson
  • Chet Hanks


  • Simon Kinberg
  • Matthew Vaughn
  • Hutch Parker
  • Robert Kulzer
  • Gregory Goodman
  • Stan Lee

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