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    ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is good, freaky fun

    Of course, Guardians isn’t perfect, as it struggles to find a consistent tone. Sometimes it wants to be more adult, with bawdier language and sexual innuendo. For instance, Quill’s rumination that “If I had a black light, this place would look like a Jackson Pollock painting!” is pretty sophisticated for mainstream PG-13 fare. Other times, it feels as though the filmmakers are pandering to a much younger audience. You can almost visualize a ‘Dancing Groot’ doll gyrating in your kid’s Happy Meal. More

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    ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is solid entertainment, despite some wonky action and character work

    For every good sequence, there’s one that’s muddled with bad camerawork and editing. Like a lot of blockbuster action, it’s barely legible; you have to work to keep up with it, and that work interferes with the enjoyment. The story also sags in the middle, as it seems to exist mainly to fill out the run-time. The protagonists take the MacGuffin to a dude they wish to sell it to, but the only real function of the section is to exposit what it is. It turns a big chunk of the plot into a shrug. More

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    New trailer for Marvel and James Gunn’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

    A galaxy’s apparently at threat, but despite all the aerial combat and general punching of people, the trailer for Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy is positively jovial in spirit (in the sky). James Gunn (Super, Slither) directs this adaptation of a comparatively lesser-known superhero property, which stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker, Peter Serafinowicz, and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. To this writer’s mind, the (good) feeling that this looks like a weirder version of Firefly is strengthened by this first full trailer, which you can view below. Big damn heroes, etc. More

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    ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, the newest entry in the Marvel franchise, releases its first trailer

    One of the most well-known comic book publishers has been Marvel. The company has been behind numerous well-known superheroes, including Iron Man and The Hulk. In recent years, however, the company has managed to dominate the cinematic landscape as well, with a series of films in what is now dubbed the Marvel Cinematic Universe, all […] More

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    Sundance 2014: Most Anticipated in U.S. Dramatic Competition

    About the Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition: “Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.” The Skeleton Twins  Directed by Craig Johnson Written by Craig Johnson and Mark Heyman Saturday Night Live alumni Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig headline […] More

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    ‘Albert Nobbs’, like its central figure, never truly lets the audience in

    Albert Nobbs Directed by Rodrigo Garcia Screenplay by Glenn Close and John Banville U.K, Ireland, 2011 Mainstream cinema has a difficult time tackling what some big studio executives might view as the ‘icky’ side of gender politics. Cross-dressing, homosexuality and its oft-maligned offspring themes of homo-eroticism, transsexuals, etc. These are topics which, if one is […] More