Rated PG-13 · 130 minutes · 2011

Action, Adventure, Fantasy
X-Men: First Class continues with the origin stories that began with the widely panned X-Men Origins: Wolverine, going way back to show us the beginnings of Professor X, Magneto, Mystique and a few other mutants who aren’t half as interesting. Director Matthew Vaughn (maker of Kick-Ass) does a fantastic job with the origin stories of Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, aka Professor X and Magneto. Charles is free of his wheelchair, with a head full of hair; he’s played with boatloads of charm by James McAvoy. Michael Fassbender is chillingly cool as the man who shall become Magneto. As for the other mutants (including Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique), the film feels like a Harry Potter rip-off. Still, Fassbender and McAvoy, along with a Cuban Missile Crisis subplot, make this worth watching.

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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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Portland Mercury X-Babies X-Men: First Class: Hey, remember the Cuban Mutant Crisis? by Erik Henriksen 06/02/2011
Charleston City Paper Matthew Vaughn delivers a swanky X-Men chapter in X-Men: First Class The overall sense I'm left with after First Class, for all its heaviness, is of a film that's sweet, funny, and pleasingly fast-paced. by MaryAnn Johanson 06/01/2011
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