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X-Men: Days of Future Past 3-D

X-Men: Days of Future Past 3-D

2014 (Brian Singer) PG, 131 minutes - English

Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender

Director Bryan Singer  returns to the game he started successfully in 2000 with X-Men and continued in 2003 with X2. He does himself proud, combining the pow of his early films with the game-changing playfulness of Matthew Vaughn's 2011 X-Men: First Class, which introduced James McAvoy as the boyish version of Patrick Stewart's telepathic Professor X and Michael Fassbender in a youthful take on Ian McKellen's metal-bending Magneto. McAvoy and Fassbender, both terrific, are still playing out a battle that pits peaceful coexistence against mutant world dominance.

The plot wrinkle supplied by screenwriter Simon Kinberg involves time travel. In the future, murderous robots known as Sentinels are hellbent on wiping out mutants and their human allies. That's when Professor X and Magneto use the powers of Kitty Pryde (Page) to send Wolverine (Jackman) back to 1973, when President Nixon (Camacho) approved the Sentinel plan hatched by übervillain Dr. Trask (Dinklage). 

Rolling Stone, Peter Travers

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