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X-Men: First Class

"X-Men: First Class" follows the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal… Show more

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June 2, 2011 - Boston.com - Ty Burr/Globe Staff

The "X-Men" franchise has been the silver standard of the modern multiplex comic book era. Not the "Dark Knight"/"Iron Man"/"Incredibles" pinnacle, but up there with the first few "Spider-Man" movies and arguably more of a class act, with its double team of Great British Thespians (Patrick Stewart as the benevolent telepath Professor Charles Xavier, Ian McKellan as the eeevil Magneto) and secondary characters that are themselves state-of-the-art special effects. That misunderstood-freaks theme can carry as much allegorical weight as you want to pile on to it, too. When a character in the new origins story, "X-Men: First Class," is outed as a mutant, he mumbles with some embarrassment, "You didn’t ask, I didn’t tell."

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