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X-Men: Days of Future Past is a entertaining and thrilling ride that ranks as Bryan Singer’s best film since The Usual Suspects and perhaps the greatest film in the X-Men franchise. The plot is intricately and cleverly woven through historical events that make the mutant struggle a real and often more believable. Similar to his work on The Usual Suspects, Bryan Singer goes through multiple time periods and locations, but still keeps a consistent tone and feel, especially during an ending battle that builds up tension throughout all areas of time. While there is no way to make time travel work perfectly (even Back to the Future has its misgivings), the time travel seems logical enough and for the most part makes sense. But what makes X-Men: Days of Future Past superior to other action films this year is its characters; despite large aspects of time, the characters drive the film and are given realistic motivations and development, as portrayed by a stellar cast that includes great returning performances by Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Shawn Ashmore, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen (albeit underused), as well as welcome new arrival like a great comedic performance by Evan Peters and a wonderfully villainous performance by Peter Dinklage, who gets to be a great villain while still being grounded in his motivation and historical context. X-Men: Days of Future Past is a great film that solidifies itself amongst other superhero films and may very well be the best action film of the year. Grade: -A 

 You can read my extended thoughts on About.com:  http://kidstvmovies.about.com/od/X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past/fl/X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Review-for-Parents.htm

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