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    Career Watch: Will James McAvoy’s ‘X’ Factor Raise His Stature?

    With its time-traveling multi-generational cast, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is a-swarm with super-powered beings. Yet James McAvoy manages to prove -- as he did before in 2011’s “X-Men: First Class” -- that brains are often as crucial as brawn when it comes to comic-book heroes.

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    James McAvoy Meets Himself in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

    Bryan Singer's bold, entertaining X-Men: Days of Future Past is not as sleek or as clever as X-Men First Class, but it makes up for those lapses with a fiercely emotional performance by McAvoy and some dazzling set pieces.

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    Review: 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Starring Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy & Hugh Jackman

    The perils of time travel plotting, and maintaining continuity and story logic, within the framework of an already-fantastical superhero universe, are not enviable for any filmmaker. But credit the folks behind “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” for not only negotiating the tricky liabilities of rewriting...

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    Cannes Review: 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them' Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy & Isabelle Huppert

    The existence of "The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby" is one of the strangest things in recent American cinema. A first time writer-director, Ned Benson, managed to attract a killer cast at his first time at bat. The film, a New York-set relationship drama, was conceived, shot and screened at TIFF a...

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    Watch: Young Charles Meets Wolverine In Clip From 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Plus 10-Minute Interview With Cast & More

    As critical reaction rolls in for the super-sized sequel, audiences still have to wait another week to see how well Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg have pulled off the ambitious time-traveling plot of “X-Men: Days Of Future Past.” In the meantime, hundred-million dollar marketing campaigns stop for n...

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    Is 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Just Another Marvel Mutant Retread? Critics Don't Think So

    Director Bryan Singer's mutant mash "X-Men: Days of Future Past" doesn't hit theaters until May 23, but early reviews have landed. Is the latest Marvel entry of the Summer just another expensive, fans-only spectacle? Or is there substance here?

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    Which Version of 'Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' Will We See This Fall?

    When it premiered at Toronto last Fall, writer/director Ned Benson's "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," like monogrammed towels, appeared in two version: "Him," and "Her." So what version will we see this Fall?

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    3 Versions Of 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby' With Jessica Chastain & James McAvoy Will Be Released This Fall

    When the Cannes Film Festival lineup was revealed last month, there was a curious entry in the Un Certain Regard category: Ned Benson's "The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby." It was strange because, last September, the director hit the Toronto International Film Festival with a work-in-progress showi...

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    Watch: Magneto, Charles Xavier, Beast & Wolverine In New Clips From 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

    "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" will be bringing in an orgy of mutants, with (nearly) everyone who has possessed a power at one time or another stopping by in Bryan Singer's time travel franchise entry. But when "X-Men: Apocalypse" drops in a couple of years, the focus will return back to the young, 'F...

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    WATCH: Final Trailer for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' Plus Fanboy Q&A with Jackman, Fassbender & McAvoy

    The third and final trailer for director Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," one of the summer's most hotly anticipated movies, has arrived. Watch it here, plus a 20-minute Q&A with stars Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.

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