One of the things I did make time for while my wife and kids were out of town was the X-Men: Days of Future Past movie, and I'm glad I did.
If you are a X-men comic book fan, then you will have heard of the Days of Future Past Story Line: It's time travel....to change a dark, dark future, the minds of one of the X-men is sent back into their younger body to try to change things. Specifically, they are trying to stop the creation of the Sentinels, mutant hunting robots who soon exceed their programming and take over the world(basically).
In the comics, Kitty Pride(Shadow Cat) is sent back. In the movie, it's Hugh Jackman's Wolverine.
I thought it was a good movie. I've been anticipating it since they first announced it...and it lived up to my expectations, which was a fairly high bar. The acting was really good...I'd watch Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawerence, and Hugh Jackman, and Peter Dinklage order Chinese food. The only negative is that there isn't enough time for all of them.
The action scenes got me to plow through plenty of popcorn. The scenes set in the future are amazing...well choreographed to show the type of teamwork you would expect from people who have spent 15 years fighting for their lives.
Does the 'time travel' McGuffin fix everything? Probably not...there are still a few things you just need to take on faith(but let's face it, it's a movie about time travel, superpowered mutants, and flying robots...you're probably willing to bend a bit on belief). It cleans enough things up to allow them to keep the series moving forward.
On an overall comic book movie scale, I rank this movie pretty highly. Top 5,certainly...up near The Black Knight, Avengers, and X2. It's better than Godzilla was a few weeks ago.
Now to look forward to Guardians of the Galaxy.