In a summer that saw a lot of superheroes on movie screens, this prequel to the earlier films based on the Marvel Comics series proved to be smart fun. It traces the roots of Professor Xavier and Magneto before they became enemies, with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender handling the roles nicely.
In the 1960s, they bond to battle a common foe (Kevin Bacon), assisted by mutants determined to use their powers for good. Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult and Zoe Kravitz also star for director Matthew Vaughn ("Kick-Ass"). *** (PG-13: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun