Sometimes when a movie is so big, the other studios just clear out of the way and give it the weekend all to itself. That was the case with "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and such is the case again this weekend as we discover how it all began in "X-Men: First Class."
In this prequel, we get to know the origins of some of the characters and we dive into the makings of the rivalry between Professor X and Magneto. Once on the same team, they're fighting to save the world from nuclear destruction.
But a clash turns them into arch enemies, with Professor X leading the mutants in the fight for good and Magneto's only mission to spread chaos. Starring are James McAvoy, January Jones, Michael Fassbender and Kevin Bacon.
The Reel Deal: Look, I wasn't a big fan of this franchise, but I am now, because this movie does it right. It starts at the beginning. Now I know what the heck is going on. It's not like wait, "Why is there a wolfman with razors coming out his hands?" And, "Hey, why is she blue and naked?" Plus, good story, good acting, great action and effects means that "X-Men: First Class" is first class. I'm in.
In limited release, we have "Beginners," which explores the twists and turns of love and family as Ewan McGregor meets an unpredictable woman who makes him reflect on the lessons learned from his gay father.
There's also "Beautiful Boy" about a couple working through their feelings after their son carries out a mass shooting at his university before committing suicide.
And to lighten things up a bit is an all-new adventure in IMAX 3D."Arabia" gives you a front row seat to the exotic sights and history of the region, from its ancient ruins to its natural wonders.
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