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One of the big blockbusters coming out this summer is "X-Men: Days of Future Past," which is directed by Bryan Singer, who also directed the first two "X-Men" films.

"X-Men" was released in 2000 and is set in an uneasy world where humans and mutants live together, which is often difficult. Many humans are prejudiced toward odd looking and behaving mutants. Professor Charles Xavier (played by Patrick Stewart) envisions a world of mutual tolerance and co-existence. He runs an important school for young mutants trying to make their way in an often hostile environment. Charles is also the leader of a superhero group called the "X-Men," who battle Magneto (played by Ian McKellen), Charles's former friend, who was a holocaust victim. Magneto believes mutants are superior to humans and that they are the force for the future, not humans. When one of his associates attacks two mutants: Wolverine (played by Hugh Jackman), a tough loner, and Rogue (played by Anna Paquin), a teen outcast. They are brought to the school. Wolverine eventually becomes a member of the X-Men.

This movie has many great characters. One is Wolverine, who is well played by Hugh Jackman. He is fierce, but also good hearted. Another is Magneto, a dangerous mutant who can control metal. Ian McKellen is excellent in the role. One of his associates is Mystique (played by Rebecca Romijn). She is also a fun character as she has blue skin and can assume anyone's physical appearance.

The special effects in the film are very well-done. In one scene, Magneto flips over police cars, pulls the guns out of the cops hands, and aims them at them. This scene gets intense when a gun is shot. The makeup and costumes in the movie are also quite noteworthy.

"X-Men" is a lot of fun for fans of science fiction films and superhero films.

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