X-Men: Days of Future Past

Don’t let the title scare you: there are no Moody Blues songs in the latest X-Men romp, the seventh in the franchise. There are, however, plenty of fine actors buried under the usual avalanche of digital effects: Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, and, new to the series, Peter Dinklage as an evil scientist who wants to kill all the superhuman mutants in the world. Much of this takes place in the early 1970s, which gives the filmmakers an excuse to haul out lots of vintage kitsch and make some rather tasteless references to the Vietnam War. Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies, is back behind the camera, though this looks virtually identical to the previous installment, X-Men: First Class, directed by someone else.