X-Men: First Class
First screened in December 2011
Director: Matthew Vaughn. Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till, Caleb Landry Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Edi Gathegi, Jason Flemyng, Álex González, Matt Craven, Rade Serbedzija, Oliver Platt, Laurence Belcher, Bill Milner, Glenn Morshower, Don Creech, Michael Ironside, Éva Magyar, James Remar, Ray Wise. Screenplay: Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz and Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn.

Twitter Capsule: Laudable thematic ambition and revisionist brio, but very clunkily directed, visually unappealing, and preachy

VOR:   X-Men movies keep trying to tell comic-book stories at epic-historical scale, which counts for something. But at this point, they're mostly shaking the money tree.

Photo © 2011 20th Century Fox

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C

Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actor (Fassbender; also cited for A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, and Shame)
National Board of Review: Spotlight Award (Fassbender; also cited for A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, and Shame)

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