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After many supporting roles over the last two decades, Nicholas Hoult finally has our attention.

He’s claimed a starring role in two major motion pictures this year—the biopic, Tolkien (2019) as J. R. R. Tolkien, and as Beast in recent X-Men films, including Dark Phoenix. With such a unique face—likely helping him land his break-out role in About a Boy in 2002—it’s easy to see why he’s so frequently cast in speculative films.

Although his role as Tolkien may be his new claim to fame, is it his best work to date? I found the biopic to be sufficiently heartwarming and even inspiring at times, but I wouldn’t say the role was particularly suited to him. Nor was it in any way a story of faith as one would hope.

In stark contrast stands the zombie romance, Warm Bodies. . .

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