Summer movie season is kicking into high gear. Every week we’ve got a big opening with big budget blockbuster anticipation. We’ve also got an Adam Sandler movie. So, win some, lose some. This time around, it’s the X-Men who are heading back to the future while Sandler and Barrymore get blended.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
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We are in the golden age of comic book movies. That is without a doubt. The last decade or so of these films has been a pretty insane run, loaded with movies both true to the source material and coming in as flicks that reach beyond the fan boy/girl crowd, into mainstream movie-goers. This is no easy feat, appealing to those who would generally avoid the ridiculous and sublime associated with the genre. But the bar for comic book flicks has been set pretty damn high and we are getting a run of films meant to stand alone on their own merit. What it is, is awesome. The newest in the X-Men franchise appears to continue this trend.

Check out what I mean in the X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer:

It isn’t often you see a film franchise grow in the way X-Men has since that first one fourteen (yup) years ago. A few missteps along the way, Last Stand (59%- not terrible, but not real good), Origins (brutal to start, much better in Wolverine 2) but overall this franchise has held it down. The first two X-Men flicks are great and X2: X-Men United (87%) is one of the best superhero films you’ll see. An eminently re-watchable film.

Re-envisioning the franchise with the creation of First Class, a classier take on the idea behind what Origins might have been, solved a lot of issues with the franchise "aging" gracefully. Mostly in that by heading to the past to give the backstory with younger versions of the characters, it did away with having to (at least in the short term) recast the faces like Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and everyone else who’ve become synonymous with the popular characters. This was brilliant.

This newest one is a bold step into a full ensemble, connecting the entire canon together in one big fight for the future. This film looks awesome. Sure it’s a risk, time travel always presents some cinematic problems that some movies don’t solve well. But from early reviews it appears the the film has very few issues.

Bryan Singer directs and his track record with the franchise is solid. Having helmed X-Men (82%) and X2 (87%) he seems an apt fit to continue on where Matthew Vaughn left off (ignoring for a moment some of his off-set legal issues). The Tomatometer sits at 90% through about twenty reviews with critics seeing a solid flick that continues in the vein of First Class. Judging by the tone of the early reviews, I’d say the score is set to drop, though no precipitously, over the course of the week. The tone is positive, but not completely over the moon.

But all of that is fine. When it’s all said and done we will look back on the X-Men run as a franchise that did it right. A group of movies that work each on their own, but also in succession. I haven’t seen Days of Future Past and I’m already looking forward to Apocalypse.

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