The best new movie on Memorial Day weekend is a big mutant mash-up.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" combines the casts of the early "X-Men" movies with the retro "X-Men: First Class," with a complex and engaging time-travel story. With mutants facing annihilation in a post-apocalyptic future, they send Logan, a k a Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time to his 1970s self. His mission: Prevent the shape-shifting Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from assassinating a scientist (Peter Dinklage) an action that will hasten the human war against mutants. He must reunite the feuding Prof. Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr, alias Magneto (Michael Fassbender), which is more complicated than you think. Director Bryan Singer returns to the franchise to create a thoroughly exciting and emotionally engaging action movie.
The studios are also offering up "Blended," which isn't as awful as most Adam Sandler movies which means it's only mostly bad. Sandler and Drew Barrymore reteam (after "The Wedding Singer" and "50 First Dates") as single parents whose families end up on the same vacation to an African resort. Barrymore works hard to humanize Sandler, who still can't resist the urge to undercut every relateable moment with a bad joke. (Read The Cricket column for a dissection of Sandler's "comedy.")