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Running Time:
2 hours, 11 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for intense sequences of action and violence, some sexual content including brief partial nudity and language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This entertaining superhero prequel gets almost everything right with exciting action sequences, dazzling special effects and an intelligent, moving and funny script.

Additional Info:
James McAvoy ... Charles Xavier
Laurence Belcher ... Charles (age 12)
Michael Fassbender ... Erik Lehnsherr
Bill Milner ... Young Erik
Kevin Bacon ... Sebastian Shaw
Rose Byrne ... Moira MacTaggert
Jennifer Lawrence ... Raven Álex González ... Janos Quested / Riptide
Jason Flemyng ... Azazel
Zoë Kravitz ... Angel Salvadore
January Jones ... Emma Frost

X-Men: First Class
 X-Men: First Class starring James McAvoy: DVD Cover The story takes place all over the world, but begins in Poland in 1944, where we learn that Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) the future Magneto, once resided in the Nazi prison camps. The evil Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) performs terrible tests on the young mutant, trying to develop his magnetic powers, which leaves Erik with a powerful thirst for revenge. Years later, in the early 1960s, Erik prepares to find and murder his old teacher.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) discovers a shape-shifting mutant, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), in his kitchen and invites her to live with him. Then, while following a secret organization of world leaders, a CIA agent, Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) discovers Shaw's latest plans, and his use of the mutants Emma Frost (January Jones), Azazel (Jason Flemyng), and Riptide (Álex González).

Moira enlists Xavier's aid, and after a complex series of incidents, Xavier and Erik wind up becoming friends, and joining a CIA-run organization of mutants. Together, they track down and gather up more mutants, including Angel (Zoë Kravitz), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones), Darwin (Edi Gathegi), and Havok (Lucas Till). Raven joins them with her new codename Mystique. Erik and Xavier get new names, too: Magneto and Professor X.

All this leads up to a showdown in Cuba in 1962, but in the meantime, characters wrestle with the age-old problem of whether to be an individual or try to fit in with the rest of society. Director Matthew Vaughn ("Kick-Ass") brings a genuine freshness to X-Men: First Class juggling the multitude of characters, subplots, messages and timelines admirably. In fact this might just turn out to be the best superhero movie of the summer.

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