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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/03/2011

New movies: ‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘Tree of Life’

“X Men: First Class” offers rich narrative and compelling performances. (Murray Close)
In this week’s new movies, the X-Men are back in action, Brad Pitt stars in the much anticipated film from Terrence Malick and a documentary reveals the underbelly of Appalachian coal mining. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

X-Men: First Class” (PG-13) “‘First Class’ happily delivers on the escapism and rich narrative texture the best of its predecessors have promised.” — Ann Hornaday

The Tree of Life” (PG-13) “At its best, ‘The Tree of Life’ makes the viewer lean forward, eager to enter Malick’s own dreamy, poetic consciousness. At worst, it leads to the vague feeling that we’re listening to the meanderings of someone who’s not sure we’re smart enough to keep up.” — Ann Hornaday

The Last Mountain” (PG) “While a look at the big picture illuminates the situation in one corner of West Virginia, the film starts to lose focus and at times feels a bit sprawling... Civil disobedience and tree sitters make for a less poignant story than the people who actually live there.” — Stephanie Merry

!Women Art Revolution” (Unrated) “We weren’t all there watching the struggle take place, and a more clearly stated thesis or a simple delineation of cause and effect could have gone a long way. Still, the film does pique a certain curiosity.” — Stephanie Merry

Empire of Silver” (Unrated) “A troubled undertaking that was eventually rescued by ‘The Last Emperor’ producer Jeremy Thomas, ’Empire of Silver’ might not have been released in the United States if not for the small portion of dialogue in English. Yet what distinguishes the movie are pictures.” — Mark Jenkins

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