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"X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST" from 20th Century Fox in 2D & 3D opens Fri., May 23, 2014.

STARRING: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Michael Fassbender.

DIRECTOR: Bryan Singer ("Superman Returns", several X-Men titles).

SYNOPSIS: The present day X-Men are in danger from a mistake in the past and Wolverine is sent back in time to fix it in order to avoid a dark, terrifying timeline.

While the synopsis is a bit of an over-simplification, it captures the essence of what you are going to see. This series of films just keeps getting better and better, even more so than the comic book storylines. Those were complex enough but the movies are spectacular. Director Bryan Singer has a much better grasp on these characters than he did on Superman. His eye for staging action sequences has improved as well. Even though the time-travel sequence has a distinct "Terminator" feel to it, Singer doesn't allow the similarities to overwhelm what's happening here.

The plot for both casts can get tangled up at times. If you haven't seen "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men: First Class", some of this won't mean as much as it could. Rent or stream both of those films first just to establish the background.

Remember, this will be sequelled by "X-Men: Apocalypse" which is scheduled for a May 27, 2016 release. Apocalypse will focus on the origin of the mutants, making it more a sequel to First Class but the connections will become obvious. McAvoy, Fassbender, Hoult, Lawrence and Peters will reprise their roles and Channing Tatum is on board as Gambit.

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