Let's face it -- prequels, for the most part, suck. They tend to be even lamer than sequels, which, though often repetitive and pointless, at least get to launch from the previous film's endpoint. Prequels, on the other hand, are forced to operate within the universe of the original movie and can't stray far from the established order of the story that they're leading up to.

So, with 'X-Men: First Class' going back to the JFK years to show how Professor Xavier and Magneto originally pulled the whole mutant funky bunch together, let's look back at the best and worst that the prequel genre has to offer:
Butch and Sundance: The Early Days
In Theaters on June 15th, 1979

Young Butch Cassidy (Tom Berenger) and the Sundance Kid (William Katt). Read More

Hannibal Rising
Based on 30 critics

Trauma endured during World War II warps young Hannibal Lecter's (Gaspard Ulliel) mind. Read More

The Godfather: Part II
Based on 10 critics

Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) moves his father's crime family to Las Vegas. Read More

December 2, 2016
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Based on 14 critics

Jones (Harrison Ford), a singer (Kate Capshaw) and an orphan (Ke Huy Quan) look for missing stones. Read More

October 22, 2016
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