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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The Tree Of Life (PG-13)

By Tribune Media Services

Scant on story, even lighter on dialogue, Terrence Malick’s fifth feature in 38 years (and the winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival) will drive a lot of people crazy with its loose flaps and obvious casualties of the editing stage. This may be the most overtly Christian mainstream picture since The Passion of the Christ. Unlike that one, though, Malick’s film comes with a generosity of spirit large enough to get all sorts of people (including nonbelievers) thinking about the nature of faith and what it’s all about.

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