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New this Week: 'X-Men: First Class' and 'American Graffiti [Special Edition] (BD/DVD)'

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

X-Men: First Class - James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

Movie of the Week

X-Men: First Class

The Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence The Plot: In 1963, Charles Xavier (McAvoy) starts up a school and later a team, for humans with superhuman abilities. Among them is Erik Lensherr (Fassbender), his best friend, and future archenemy. The Buzz: The film's preliminary reviews have been solid, with 41 favorable reviews to 1 unfavorable, as of today at Rottentomates. The cast is really strong too.  However, I personally have zero interest in this film, as it looks to have zero style (other than the standard nerdy film-version X-Men vibe), but perhaps this will be the first good X-Men film? I loved the comic books, was a pretty big reader for awhile there, and I've always felt like, of all the Marvel films, the X-Men films have fallen the furthest from their book.

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New Blu-ray and DVDs released this week:

American Graffiti [Special Edition] (BD/DVD) - Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat Barry Lyndon (BD) - Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee Big Jake (BD) - John Wayne, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Hara Biutiful (BD/DVD) - Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib The Cat 'O Nine Tails (BD) - James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak A Clockwork Orange (BD) - Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Warren Clarke Drive Angry (BD/DVD) - Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner Legend (BD/DVD) - Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry Lolita (BD) - James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon A Man Called Horse (BD) - Richard Harris, Judith Anderson, Jean Gascon Once Upon a Time in the West (BD) - Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale Passion Play (BD/DVD) - Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, Bill Murray Queen to Play (DVD) - Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline, Valérie Lagrange Rio Lobo (BD) - John Wayne, Jorge Rivero, Jennifer O'Neill The Waiting City (DVD) - Radha Mitchell, Joel Edgerton, Samrat Chakrabarti

Blu-ray/DVD of the Week

American Graffiti

The Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat The Plot: A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college. The Buzz: In my humble opinion, American Graffiti is easily one of the best films of all time. I'd put it in my top twenty for sure. I'm totally stoked to see that it's finally got the royal treatment here with a new Special Edition Blu-ray release. For avid fans of cinema, I'd certainly consider this a "must buy." George Lucas rules -- it's fun to see him show off his pre-Star Wars chops here.

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