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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Video games taught a generation to fight for what you want —Marty Mapes (review...)

Michael Cera takes on The World

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James McAvoy

  • X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

    X-Men ride to the Apocalypse Review by Robert Denerstein: Apocalypse crowds the screen with X-Men

  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)

    McAvoy lives through the Disappearance of Jessica Chastain Review by Robert Denerstein: McAvoy and Chastain offer his-and-hers perspectives

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

    McAvoy supports Scotland, or is that X-Men? Review by Robert Denerstein: If we have to have comic-book movies, they should all be this fun

    Review by Matt Anderson: Outclassed by First Class, Days of Future Past is a solid addition to the canon

  • Trance (2013)

    Dawson enters Boyle's Trance Review by Robert Denerstein: Technique begets ... more technique

    Review by Matt Anderson: Gets lost between the bold and the bland.

  • X-Men: First Class (2011)

    Bacon chews through the First Class Review by Marty Mapes: Reboot brings youth, wisdom, and a politically open mind to the summer action flick

    Review by Robert Denerstein: This prequel offers a good deal of fun

  • The Conspirator (2011)

    Wright's Conspirator defended by McAvoy Review by Marty Mapes: An interesting untold story from American history gets the made-for-TV treatment

    Review by Matt Anderson: The Conspirator is an extremely well-crafted court drama.

  • Wanted (2008)

    Jolie makes McAvoy feel Wanted Review by Matt Anderson: Matrix/Fight Club flick outlandish yet believable within the confines of its own hyperactive logic

  • Rory O'Shea Was Here (2005)

    Rory O'Shea was James McAvoy Review by Marty Mapes: Nobody will be shocked to learn people with cerebral palsy are people too

  • Glass

    Glass Review by Matt Anderson: It's the same through-line that was told exponentially better in the Dark Knight trilogy.