X-Men (2000) - ***
Before the blockbuster release of Spider-Man in 2002, the Marvel classic comic, X-Men, came to the big screen. This is a good movie that tells us the origin of several members of the X-Men. It deals with the fact that these mutants are outcast from society and considered dangerous, second class citizens by the majority of the non-mutant society. While really they are just people trying to cope with their differences and trying to make it in an unaccepting world. Throw in a couple of bad guys and it makes for some good action. Not only do the X-Men have to fight society, but fellow mutants that have chosen the use their powers against society. I only have a minimal knowledge of the X-Men comics, but from what I can tell their transition to the big screen is pretty successful. The actors all play their roles well and the story is interesting enough to hold your interest between the special effects and action scenes.
X2 (2003) - ***
X2 is a good sequel that picks up right where X-Men left off. All of the same characters return, along with a few new mutants. Since the first movie focused on introducing the X-Men to us, this movie was able to concentrate on the story a little more. Not only is society up in arms, thanks to the government's negative spin on the situation, but we didn't really think that the plastic jail would hold Magneto for long did we?! So the X-Men once again find themselves battling on two fronts. If you're a fan of superhero movies, you'll probably be pleased with how the series is progressing on the big screen.
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Y Tu Mamá También (2001) - **1/2
A fairly entertaining road trip movie in Mexico with two teenage boys and an older woman. Nothing too deep and meaningful here, but a bit of a fun trip on the way to "Heaven's Mouth" beach. I think much of this movies notoriety surrounds it's sexual escapades of these characters. I would warn you not to watch the movie looking for some good sex scenes, because they're not very titillating and a couple of the scenes were actually a turnoff to me. Though I really enjoyed the acting between the main characters and found them to be very believable, especially the two friends.
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