New movie this week
X-Men: First Class
The gist: This latest spinoff/prequel/franchise-milking shows how Professor X and Magneto got their start, among others. Judging strictly from the trailers, they either subvert or escalate the Cuban Missile Crisis. And yet they were still spry enough to be in Bryan Singer's original movie three decades later! PG-13
The cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Oliver Platt, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till.
The buzz: Surprise, nerds, this installment is done well, so fork over your money and shut yer gob, bub. "It's remarkable how many things First Class gets right, whether it's the decision to have characters speak different languages as the film's frequent globetrotting dictates, or the casting of Fassbender and McAvoy," the Associated Press lauds. And let's not forget Jones as Emma Frost, mmmkay?
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org