JUNE 2011




















James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Oliver Platt, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Jason Flemyng, Lucas Till, Caleb Landry Jones, Alex Gonzalez, Edi Gathegi (Directed by Matthew Vaughn; Written by Matthew Vaughn, Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz and Jane Goldman; 20th Century Fox)

Here is a cinematic package that strives to deliver at least a little something extra to every segment of the thrill-craving moviegoing public. Depraved, thouroughly hissable villains in charge of a Nazi concentration camp; a young and passionate prisoner determined to get revenge no matter how long it takes;  a lovely young woman with a deep blue face and a body to match; sixties Cold War biggies  competing for control of Mother Earth, as well as father, sister and bother planets; and, of course, just as in the previous four installments of the “X-Men” franchise, we are amusingly entertained by  mutants and more mutants. And, miracle of miracles, most critics seem to feel that all of this nonsense comes together in an  entertaining, if scarcely profound, manner. Even The New York Times’ Manohla  Dargis, who is nobody’s  pushover, feels “the series has bounced back to life.”  And 20th Century Fox is pleased to point out that things are bouncing in a very big way where it matters most--at the box office. Now Playing