'X-Men: Days of Future Past' ups the ante on super-sequels

May 22, 2014 11:47 PM

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As Hollywood studios continue to mine existing properties and milk their blockbuster franchises, moviegoers have grown accustomed to a seemingly endless parade of sequels, prequels and reboots. Now the superhero epic "X-Men: Days of Future Past," opening Friday, is taking character crossovers and franchise maneuvering to the next level.

While other superhero, sci-fi and fantasy films have jumped through hoops to extend their lifespans and expand their scope, few have gone to as much trouble as "Days of Future Past." The pretzel-logic plotting is complicated, so pay attention.

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