The X-Men get a needed reboot with an “origin” story about how the mutants of the world came together to form a benevolent society much misunderstood by the dim-witted mortals.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS


The X-Men get a needed reboot with this “origin” story about how the mutants of the world came together to form a benevolent society much misunderstood by the dim-witted mortals. So if you ever wanted to know how Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) came to be, here’s your chance to learn how. Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass”) directs and Kevin Bacon plays the Nazi-minded villain.


THE TREE OF LIFE


Terrence Malick directs his first film since “The New World” (the film James Cameron fleeced ideas from to make “Avatar”) in telling the tale of three boys losing their sense of innocence in the 1950s. Brad Pitt and Sean Penn co-star in this unique film, which defies convention and transforms moviemaking into beautiful, thought-provoking poetry.


CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH


Director Lu Chuan’s docudrama recreates Japan’s bloody and ruthless 1937 invasion of Nanking, China, an assault that led to more than 300,00 deaths in a mere six weeks. Told through the eyes of both the attackers and the victims, the film is ultimately an indictment of the madness of war.


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