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OK, trailer #3 sold it for sure for me!!

This....looks....AWESOME!!!!

Singer might have mucked up Superman Returns, but he always did a great job with the X-men. Looks like he's back on track!!! smile.gif

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Looks like he's back on track!!! smile.gif

Based on the latest news about him, maybe not wink.gif
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I read the TMZ piece about the former child actor's charges against a Hollywood mogul. I am willing to give Singer the benefit of the doubt, though, because the allegations are about something that supposedly happened 14 years ago and Singer was not named in the claimed victim's suit. Although Singer does apparently swing from the port side, I would need to see more before accusing him of rape.
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I read the TMZ piece about the former child actor's charges against a Hollywood mogul. I am willing to give Singer the benefit of the doubt, though, because the allegations are about something that supposedly happened 14 years ago and Singer was not named in the claimed victim's suit. Although Singer does apparently swing from the port side, I would need to see more before accusing him of rape.
Something is not right here.
The guy named in the suit in the TMZ link only has a credit for writer/producer of a short in 1998....in other words, a nothing.

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Something is not right here.
The guy named in the suit in the TMZ link only has a credit for writer/producer of a short in 1998....in other words, a nothing.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Collins-Rector

A nothing that enticed kids. I'm of the where there's smoke there's fire camp although proving it from way back in 99 will be a challenge. We need Rust and Marty to get on the case. This is exactly the high level sicko stuff they were onto. I'm also aware that at age 19 it wouldn't take much enticing to get anyone to come to a Hollywood party because you might be a star. I think even Corey Feldman stirred this pot recently and even little old Elmo. If it's nothing it will go away and be forgotten.


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OK, trailer #3 sold it for sure for me!!

This....looks....AWESOME!!!!

Singer might have mucked up Superman Returns, but he always did a great job with the X-men. Looks like he's back on track!!! smile.gif

I agree. I rewatched my The Usual Suspects BD again last night and was once again blown away. Singer's direction was brilliant but was certainly helped by an ensemble cast for the ages and Christopher McQuarrie's Oscar winning screenplay. Clearly, Singer will not have those kinds of forces to work with in X-Men: Days Of Future Past but I have high hopes for the film nevertheless.
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Teaser..............................SPOILER ALERT........................
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May 23rd can't get here soon enough....smile.gif

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Why i s mystique so HEAVILY advertised for this movie? Is it because she was on Hunger Games?
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You should watch the ending of spiderman 2. It contains a pre--scene from Xmen DOFP.

Seems marvel is really gearing up for XMEN this year
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Unfortunately this movie is not going to be IMAX so I'll have to see it at my local mall cineplex (which really bugs me, because they charge more for a 3D movie than my local IMAX does).

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Buckle up fanboys. Summer is here at at last, with a blast of a blockbuster to set the bar remarkable high. It's hard to believe that it's been almost 15 years since Bryan Singer first kicked off the still-strong wave of superhero films with 2000's X-Men. With top-shelf thespians and sleek direction, Singer followed in the footsteps of Donner and Burton in developing a way to depict comic-book superheroes with seriousness and a degree of intelligence. X2 was even better, a bigger and more complex sequel that set up many possibilities with its finale which unfortunately never came to fruition. Sadly, the X-Men franchise was left floundering directionless with the director's departure, devolving in a serious increasingly poor sequels. Elsewhere, Singer's career disappointed frequently, with the misconstrued Superman Returns and the amicable but unimpressive Jack the Giant Slayer. Finally regaining a degree of sanity with the the Singer-produced First Class, the man who started it all is back in the director's chair to attempt to untangle the franchise's increasingly unwieldy mythology, massive cast, and increasingly irrelevance against Marvel Studios excellent lineup. And he succeeds wildly, with easily the best superhero outing since at least Joss Whedon's The Avengers, juggling the film's ensemble cast, pop gravitas, twisty time-travel narrative, and slick, James Cameron-style action sequences, in adapting one of the comics' most celebrated storylines. It took ten years, but this is finally the sequel X-fans deserved, and more.

The story opens in the not too distant future, when the X-Men are on the verge of extinction, being hunted by massive robots known as Sentinels, designed by eugenicist Bolivar Trask in an attempt to wipe out mutant-kind. Hunted in a horrify holocaust in a post-apocalyptic world, the surviving mutants, hunted to near extinction, have discovered a method to travel in time and avoid their pursuers, at least in the short term, but there's a catch going back further than a short time, allowing the temporary avoid the ever-more powerful hunters. Going back any further is too rigorous for anyone to survive. Except maybe a certain iconic adamantium-clawed mutant with healing powers. Going back to 1973 to stop Mystique from assassinating Trask and starting the anti-mutant mayhem, Wolverine finds Xavier a bitter and broken man from the events of First Class, and desperately tries to convince him to and his only remaining pupil, the Beast, to try to change the course of the future.

Wisely discarding most of the irritating "X-kids" from Vaughn's overrated X-Men: First Class while retaining the effective cast members-Mcavoy, Fassbender, Hoult, and Lawrence-and throwing in a delightful bonanza of cameos from the original cast, giving them a proper send-off after Brett Ratner's hideous X-Men: The Last Stand, Singer swings for the fences. Though the future cast is disappointingly underused as they aren't the meat of the narrative, seeing McKellen and Stewart back is simply wonderful, their chemistry and repartee remaining as delightful as ever and adding gravity to the proceeding, though the majority of the narrative takes place within the past, with Hugh Jackman returning to the role he was born to play in Wolverine. Jackman remains the most perfect bit of superhero casting since Christopher Reeve donned the Man of Tomorrow's cape, Fassbender and McAvoy, especially with Stewart and McKellen alongside them (McAvoy and Stewart meet in one of the film's most inspired passages) as counterpoints, and Lawrence continues to justify her superstar status, blending sexy femme-fatale action chops with surprising vulnerability, even under layers of makeup.

Finally free of the gaudy excesses of Ratner, Vaughn, and Hood, Singer's sleek style, reminiscent of James Cameron at his peak, lends pop-gravity to the proceedings, succeeding in precisely what Vaughn attempted in First Class-tying the films historical setting with social upheavals like the original comics did. Whereas Vaughn felt like he was simply connecting the dots though, Singer properly shakes things up as much as you can in a comic-book world where nothing ever really changes, making full use of his massive budget and getting every cent up on the screen. Though the underutilized future cast feels a bit disappointing, it allows Singer to thin the ever-growing cast to allow for stronger narrative focus. The central fulcrum-the relationship between Mystique, Xavier, and Magneto-allows for an actual character-based narrative with understandable motivations on all sides. As a result, it approaches that obvious but all-too-rare point in blockbuster FX-fests of giving actual weight to the proceedings and reasons to care among the fireworks.

Elsewhere, the jokes are all zingers, particularly some lines for the fans, without spoiling too much, the resolution is wholly satisfying both on its own and a retcon to hideous previous finale, and the set pieces are all rollicking good fun. Singer's action sequences actually make spatial sense, the Sentinels are inspired in design and execution, both as futuristic hunters and clunky 70s tech, the many set pieces executed with the clean choreography of the best pop cinema, reminiscent of James Cameron at his peak, full of clean lines and a clearly delineated sense of who's doing what to whom, ending with an action climax that's both visually spectacular and emotionally satisfying. Singer cites many of his favorites as pop cinema's very best-Nicholas Meyer's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Spielberg's Jaws-and if he's not quite in their company, he's certainly on the right track. Qucksilver is an inspired creation, his bullet-time style FX as a particular highlight. Signer's use of silence, tension, judicious slow-motion, impressive choreography (some of it courtesy of ace second-unit director Greg Smrz, a John Woo alum who's clearly learned his lessons well), and the stylish cinematography and punchy editing of his top lieutenants- superb DP Thomas Newton Seigel and and editor and composer John Ottman, who lend the film a gorgeous, slightly expressionistic color palette (shot in rich digital) and strong rhythm. For once, bloat isn't a problem as the film's outward expansion actually suggests a larger universe (rumored deleted scenes hint at future treats as Blu-Ray extras) and the film's running time flies by.

Setting the bar impressively high for the rest of the summer, X-Men finally earn some of their glory back, suggesting that this franchise, once on life support, might still have some life left in it yet. Sleek, smart, stylish, funny, and thoroughly entertaining, the gang's all here, and they're better than ever. Though this proves a satisfying denouement, a post-credits stinger nonetheless hints at a new villain and future adventures. But if the world is in peril again, we needn't worry. With Singer back at the helm, we're in good hands. It's great to have him back at last. To me, my X-Men.
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He's not kidding, its easily the best comic film since Avengers and probably the best Xmen film yet. I thought I'd like it but I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did.

This opening could really be big. I saw it in the same auditorium I saw Cap 2 and Godzilla, both on Thursday premier nights, and the audience was easily twice as large. It was just about at capacity and there was a lot of applause.


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Is 3D worth the price bump for this movie?

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Is 3D worth it for any movie?

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Is 3D worth it for any movie?

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Usually not but some movies which are actually filmed in 3D and not transformed, yes.

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Having now seen it in 3D I can say that I don't think it is worth it in 3D and I can also say that I was very disappointed with this movie. Not that good.

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Having now seen it in 3D I can say that I don't think it is worth it in 3D and I can also say that I was very disappointed with this movie. Not that good.
Not surprised about the 3D.wink.gif

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Exactly what in the movie "disappointed" you?

Without giving too much away, I really like the X-Men idea but they don't seem to be able to contain themselves in movies. All of the powers go to such extremes that they get ridiculous, even if they are used for laughs. I think filmmakers have trouble with telling a coherent story when there are no physical boundaries to what can be done. On the one hand, they present the mutants as so overwhelmingly powerful and unconnected to the laws of physics but then they have to try to put them in jeopardy somehow, it really doesn't feel realistic even if they try to make it seem bleak. Even worse is the usage of time travel. That's not spoiling anything as they have it in the previews but they do this typical thing of having the time lines in the future and past be concurrent which makes no sense. It seems to me that if you send someone back to the past to change the future, the future would be either instantaneously changed or the current future gets orphaned like a divorced possible timeline. Instead, the two timelines happen at the same time for the sake of trying to create some urgency which is silly.

There are a few things I liked but the show is not compelling as the Avengers' universe. I really thought the Captain America movie (Winter Soldier) was very good. It sets up a semi-believable premise and the scope of it is contained within a knowable universe. X-Men isn't as controlled. Frankly, I think they would be better off taking the stories off world where the comics took them. I really like Joss Whedon's storyline focusing on Kitty Pryde.

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Saw this just now, and liked it for the most part, but the time travel parts hurt my brain, and the prolonged future-past sequences came to an abrupt and hurried conclusion - as if the writers got time checked. Other than that wrinkle, the rest of the movie had some very fine performances and action set pieces. Didn't see anything that 3D brought to the table in this movie.

And in summary: DAT FASSBENDER !! Gawd, is he going from strength to strength in his roles!! He is absolutely "magnetic" in his on screen presence and charisma in these sequences, and the last two movies have been elevated enormously due to his presence alone. He is now one of my favorite actors at this time.

All in all, I give the movie an 8.5/10.
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Saw this just now, and liked it for the most part, but the time travel parts hurt my brain, and the prolonged future-past sequences came to an abrupt and hurried conclusion - as if the writers got time checked. Other than that wrinkle, the rest of the movie had some very fine performances and action set pieces. Didn't see anything that 3D brought to the table in this movie.

And in summary: DAT FASSBENDER !! Gawd, is he going from strength to strength in his roles!! He is absolutely "magnetic" in his on screen presence and charisma in these sequences, and the last two movies have been elevated enormously due to his presence alone. He is now one of my favorite actors at this time.

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Very entertaining movie. Missed a golden opportunity, though: when old Magneto sealed the hideout and the sentinals bore down, he should have shouted: "you shall NOT pass!"

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Just screened this and overall thought it was pretty good. Because many like comparisons I'll give two. I'd say slightly better than First Class and not as good as Captain America 2. However, regarding the latter, I'd also say it's not exactly an apples to apples comparison.

Going in I was really worried about a convoluted time travel story that has been tried many times before. I'm happy to report that this was not the case. I think they kept things as clear and simple as possible. I was also concerned about the typical "sophomore" effort where more is better. More mutants, more aliens, more machines, more whatever. Again, I'm happy to report that that wasn't the case. Certainly not less but I didn't feel inundated with more superheroes/mutants than necessary.

The acting I felt was top notch especially from the key characters. Everyone had a purpose and sold their part so to speak. I read somewhere where a critic said how does Brian Singer have a movie with Stewart, McKellen, Avery, Fassbender and Dinklage and screw it up. Yeah, I don't get that at all. I guess the worst thing about it was Stewart and McKellen as they didn't have as much juicy material to chew but their roles were served well. Even Jackman I thought stepped up his performance compared to previous movies.

Ok, I'm not being a perv about this but I tried. I tried this movie and I tried during First Class. But the basic reality to me is Raven/Mystique is and will always be Rebecca Romijn. I'm speaking from a visual standpoint. Don't get me wrong, Jennifer Lawrence does her thing and does it well and I'd say is easily a better actress but the look is just off to me. And the makeup/costume seemed more like a suit at times and was never consistent. It was distracting for me. However, a random thought I had during a particular scene...I wonder what a fight between Mystique and Black Widow would look.

Quicksikver I thought was done well but with all the hype and I was expecting to see more of him, which was a little disappointing. Love his line saying "Hmm, my mom knew a guy that could control metal". That was a nice little Easter egg and there were many but pretty subtle.

While bringing in the old cast, it's safe to say this was a new cast movie and I'm glad they kept it so. Not that I don't like the old cast but I was just glad they didn't try to force them on us. They did a very good job bridging the past with the future, again in a non convoluted way.

One thing of note...if you plan on taking your kids, know that Jackman has a rear nude scene. Also, there were a couple of suggestive scenes but IMO not as bad as the club scene in First Class. And I think a couple of "F" bombs along with a few others. And it may be different everywhere but there was a trailer for Cameron Diaz' new movie "Sex Tape" that made me more uncomfortable (with my kids) than anything in the movie. That kind of info is important to me so I just wanted to pass it along to others.

I believe someone here gave the movie an 8.5 out if 10. I'd say that was a fair assessment and an easy buy upon BD release.
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No problem. Kept a broad stroke of it to avoid the spoilers.
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Family had a X-Men marathon over the weekend watching all 4 movies, did not include the Wolverine spinoffs. Attended a screening last night, enjoyed the film. Glad I had watched the previous films (it's been a while) since they're referenced in the new.

Previous reviews here have pretty much caught all the major points. Interesting though that they switched from Kate (Kitty) Pryde to Wolverine in this version. Nonetheless it works and wonder if this film is the last. Nice soundtrack by John Ottman.

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