X-Men: First Class

Rated PG-13 130 minutes 2011

Believe the title. Top-grade prequel to the popular Marvel Comics franchise rolls out the extras in telling the back story of Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and their super-heroic buddies. Contains the requisite explosions and shape-shifting creature effects, but also more importantly, canny writing by director Matthew Vaughn, Ashley Miller, Jane Goldman, and Zack Stentz (reworking the story by Sheldon Turner and Bryan Singer), as well as smart character playing by Jennifer Lawrence (as Raven), Rose Byrne (CIA agent Moira McTaggert), January Jones (Emma Frost), and Kevin Bacon as evil Nazi retread Sebastian Shaw. Together they insert themselves into the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and generally improve on history while making things go boom. Could well be the best of the series when all the dust settles. (132 min.)

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Official Site: www.x-menfirstclassmovie.com

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Producer: Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Gregory Goodman, Stan Lee, Tarquin Pack and Josh McLaglen

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Oliver Platt, Jason Flemyng, Lucas Till, Edi Gathegi, Kevin Bacon, Caleb Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Alejandro González, Matt Craven, Rade Sherbedgia, Glenn Morshower, Laurence Belcher, Bill Milner and Morgan Lily


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