X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (Cert 12, 126 mins)
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Action/Thriller/Romance, also available to buy DVD £19.99/Blu-ray & Combi-pack £27.99
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Jason Flemyng, Alex Gonzalez, Zoe Kravitz, Caleb Landry Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Edi Gathegi, Lucas Till.
ERIK Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) hunts down the sadistic concentration camp commandant (Kevin Bacon) who murdered his parents. It transpires that the German officer has reinvented himself as power-hungry globe-trotter Sebastian Shaw, who intends to spark nuclear war between Russia and America aided by mutant sidekicks Emma Frost (January Jones), Azazel (Jason Flemyng) and Riptide (Alex Gonzalez). Standing in his way are telepath Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), shape-shifter Raven Darkholme (Jennifer Lawrence) and five gifted mutants – Angel (Zoe Kravitz), Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Darwin (Edi Gathegi) and Havok (Lucas Till). At first Erik and Charles work together to defeat Sebastian, their common enemy. However, a rift opens between the mutant leaders, lighting the fuse on the brutal and bloody war between the X-Men and Magneto’s brotherhood. X-Men: First Class is an exhilarating, action-packed prequel based on the hugely popular Marvel Comics that establishes the mythology of the iconic characters and provides tantalising glimpses of where the series can go next.
BAD TEACHER (Cert 15, 93 mins)
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Comedy/Romance, also available to buy DVD £17.99/Blu-ray £22.99
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Lucy Punch, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake, John Michael Higgins.
ELIZABETH Halsey (Cameron Diaz) is a booze-addled wreck, draining her drippy, rich boyfriend dry until he finally musters the courage to dump her... with mummy beside him for support. So she reluctantly returns to her teaching job at a high school run by Principal Wally Snur (John Michael Higgins). Rebuffing the advances of oafish PE master Russell Gettis (Jason Segel), Elizabeth sets her sights on handsome new teacher Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake). Unthinkably, Scott resists her flirtations and begins a tender romance with the school’s prim and proper teacher, Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch). Elizabeth is used to getting her own way and she declares war on Amy, by fair means or – preferably – foul. Bad Teacher is a potty-mouthed comedy, underpinned by a script with too few laughs and a central heroine whose selfish escapades leave us without a single drop of sympathy.