X-Men: First Class

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In this Camelot-era prequel to the "X-Men" franchise of comic-book adaptations, young mutants with assorted superpowers - most prominently Charles, aka Professor X (James McAvoy), and Erik, alias Magneto (Michael Fassbender) - team up to avert nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Director and co-writer Matthew Vaughn keeps the pace brisk. But some provocative costuming, along with the titular warriors' unfortunate propensity for coarse talk, makes this an inappropriate offering for youngsters.

Watch out for: Considerable, though nongraphic, gun violence, a couple of uses of profanity, a few instances of rough language, fleeting sexual references, some mild sexual banter.

Rated: A-III; MPAA: PG-13

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