Friday, June 3, 2011

New Movie Friday

"X-Men: First Class" - James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon
No one seems to want to challenge the mighty X-men as this is the only movie opening in wide release today. Having seen some of the reviews, I can't say I blame them. An origin story set in the 60s, "First Class" displays the formation of Professor Charles Xavier's (McAvoy) group of mutant superheroes and the rival mutants they will come to fight, led by Magneto (Fassbender). I confess I wasn't too excited about the casting choices as they came out. I love Fassbender and I am enthralled by Lawrence. But I've never been a fan of McAvoy or Bacon and the rest of the cast is relatively unknown and/or uninspiring (no offense to Rose Byrne or January Jones). That said, my level of interest has grown and grown throughout the last few months as each poster and trailer made its way to the Internet. At this point I'm essentially busting at the seams to check this sucker out and by the time you see this, dear readers, I'll have already finished my midnight viewing. Can't wait.

"Beginners" - Christopher Plummer, Ewan McGregor, Melanie Laurent (limited)
An aging father (Plummed) tells his son (McGregor) that he is both dying of cancer and gay. Not really in for a movie of this depth during the summer but "Beginners" is getting excellent reviews. Plummer and Laurent, also, are a magnificent 1-2 punch.

"Beautiful Boy" - Michael Sheen, Maria Bello, Kyle Gallner
A husband (Sheen) and wife (Bello) are thrown together when their son (Gallner) goes on a Columbine-esque shooting spree. "Rabbit Hole" failed to find an audience and I suspect "Boy" will have to accept the same fate. Tough subject matter to be sure.

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