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It’s round six of our all-new feature CB Recommends. That means we’ve lasted twice as long as Hagler and Hearns, but we’re barely a fourth of the way to equaling the James Bond canon. There’s still plenty of prosthelytizing to be done, but one weekend at a time. Thank God this weekend in question is a normal one. Memorial Day snuck up on me last time around, but I’ve already set an alarm on my phone for next year. Let’s hope this AT&T made piece of shit works another three hundred and sixty days.
Every year, noted scientists, box office forecasters and men of substance debate about exactly when the summer movie season officially starts. Estimates range from early-May to mid-June. Let’s just clear this up right now. Last week The Hangover Part II, Kung Fu Panda 2, Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 and Bridesmaids combined to make more than two hundred and fifty million dollars. This week, the newest X-Men is set to join them. Clearly, the summer movie season is already here, and that means most of what you’re about to see will be a hell of a lot bigger. Now if it could only just be better…
Here’s what Cinema Blend recommends for the week of June 3rd, 2011…
If you want to see the best movie, CB recommends... …giving the X-Men franchise another chance. Like Lester Burnham said in American Beauty, “It’s never too late to get it back.” The Marvel property hit its apex eight years ago with Bryan Singer’s brilliant, vastly underrated X2. Then the Usual Suspects director bailed, Brett Ratner’s Last Stand disappointed, Wolverine wasted hours of people’s lives and the world was left to wonder whether this mess could be fixed. Turns out it can. Judging from the early reviews, X-Men: First Class is not only better than this recent shit, it’s a damn fine film compared to nearly anything. Our Managing Editor Katey Rich gave the blockbuster four stars, and Head Honcho Josh Tyler told me privately he may have even upped that rating to four-and-a-half. Go see it. Even if you’re not a big comic book person, there’s enough history and character development in there to make it worthwhile.
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