X-Men: First Class

Beginning during the Holocaust, as the kid who would become Magneto discovers his powers, exactly like the first “X-Men” movie, this latest – and best – instalment then sticks with Erik Lehnsherr (badass Michael Fassbender) until the Cuban Missile Crisis, here given an alternate-history twist involving a whole bunch of mutants, including younger versions of Charles Xavier (suave James McAvoy) and Mystique (a poignant Jennifer Lawrence).

Director Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass”) delivers an extraordinary comic book flick by way of a 60s James Bond-style spy movie, displaying a keen sense of storytelling and wowing the audience with not only dazzling FX and thrilling set pieces, but also humour, emotion and a dash of sexiness (hello, January Jones).

Geek nirvana!