X-Men: First Class

(PG-13) ★★★☆☆

Call it Muppet Babies for the ComiCon set: X-Men: First Class goes back in time to tell the tale of how Professor X, Mystique, Magneto and the rest of the Marvel mutant supergroup met cute, grew up and became heroes … and villains. For the fifth movie in its franchise, this prequel feels surprisingly fresh—mostly thanks to the dynamic young cast, headed up by James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender.

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By Geoff Carter

TYRANNOSAURUS MAC: There’s not much going on this week, except for everything. Fresh from a wildly successful tour of South America, Paul McCartney opens his U.S. tour at the MGM Grand on June 10 ($105-$262.50). The set list from a May 12 show in Chile reveals a nice mix of Beatles favorites, Wings tracks both popular and obscure (nice to see “Mrs. Vandebilt” in there), and a pinch of new stuff including the glorious “Sing the Changes,” the U2-like track he cut as The Fireman in 2008.