X-Men: Days of Future Past 2.0 stars

After an opening that feels like a chunky blend of The Matrix, Terminator 2, and even Thor (hello, Destroyer!), Bryan Singer's return to the world of "Mutants are people too, only better" settles into a '70s-style actor's showcase. To wit: Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, musclebound and muted; James McAvoy's Charles Xavier, bleary and broken; and Michael Fassbender's Magneto, controlled and calculating. And since the story here is to fix the past in order to save the future, it has the added advantage of actually taking place in the '70s. (Cue the lava lamp and waterbed.) There's all sorts of old-school drama on display: a prison break, multiple assassination attempts, a drug problem, even juvenile delinquency. (Evan Peters has the most fun of anyone here as a superfast shoplifter.) Also a surprising amount of relationshippy rending and mending. Singer proves a decent juggler of his multiple elements, but betrays a tendency to oversell and undershow, as if he fears we'll somehow miss the point. 2014.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego, 888-262-4386

Tuesday, July 29

9:20pm

Wednesday, July 30

9:20pm

ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego, 858-768-7770

Tuesday, July 29

3:10pm, 11:05pm

Wednesday, July 30

11:20am, 3:10pm, 11:05pm

Reading Gaslamp

701 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, 800-326-3264

Tuesday, July 29

1:20pm, 3:00pm, 4:15pm, 6:05pm, 7:15pm, 9:05pm, 10:20pm

Wednesday, July 30

1:20pm, 3:00pm, 4:15pm, 6:05pm, 7:15pm, 9:05pm, 10:20pm

Thursday, July 31

1:20pm, 3:00pm, 4:15pm, 6:05pm, 7:15pm, 9:05pm, 10:20pm

Friday, August 1

10:40am, 12:05pm, 1:20pm, 3:00pm, 4:15pm, 6:05pm, 7:15pm, 9:05pm, 10:20pm

Saturday, August 2

10:40am, 12:05pm, 1:20pm, 3:00pm, 4:15pm, 6:05pm, 7:15pm, 9:05pm, 10:20pm

Sunday, August 3

10:40am, 12:05pm, 1:20pm, 3:00pm, 4:15pm, 6:05pm, 7:15pm, 9:05pm, 10:20pm

Monday, August 4

1:20pm, 3:00pm, 4:15pm, 6:05pm, 7:15pm, 9:05pm, 10:20pm

Tuesday, August 5

1:20pm, 3:00pm, 4:15pm, 6:05pm, 7:15pm, 9:05pm, 10:20pm

Wednesday, August 6

1:20pm, 3:00pm, 4:15pm, 6:05pm, 7:15pm, 9:05pm, 10:20pm

Thursday, August 7

1:20pm, 3:00pm, 4:15pm, 6:05pm, 7:15pm, 9:05pm, 10:20pm

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