Director: Bryan Singer. Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Munn, Hugh Jackman, Ally Sheedy. 144 min. Rated PG-13. Sci-fi/Action.
Another 2-hour-plus X-Men, with the first 20 minutes giving us 4 origin stories (introducing Oscar Isaac as a more memorable villain), Hugh Jackman in a short scene (again), Quicksilver in the film's best scene (again), disregard for previous timelines (in The Last Stand, older Professor Xavier and Magneto meet Jean Grey when she's a girl; here, the young Professor is training a teenager), and the obligatory slug-fest at the end. It's the Marvel formula, with nothing new. Oh, sorry: in the first X-Men prequel we discovered how the Professor became paraplegic; in this third prequel, we discover why he's bald.