AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 28-Aug. 3: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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guardians of the galaxy Opening Aug. 1, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn and co-written with Nicole Perlman. The film has all the spectacle and eye-popping CGI that has come to be expected from the studio behind Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers. It was recently announced at Comic-Con that a sequel will be released in 2017. The cast is led by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro, and features the voice talents of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. It’s also got the right mix of action, comedy and heart that has become such a winning formula for successful superhero movies. American pilot Peter Quill (Pratt) finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan (Pace). In order to evade Ronan, Quill must form an uneasy truce with a group of misfits including Gamora (Saldana), Rocket (voiced by Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Bautista), and Groot (voiced by Diesel). When Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the danger it poses to the cosmos, he must rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Read on…

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Sheila Roberts: My recommendation is Guardians of the Galaxy. James Gunn has done a spectacular job bringing to life this latest action-packed, epic space adventure in the Marvel cinematic universe. It’s fresh, funny, looks stunning on screen, and features a great cast, a thoroughly entertaining storyline and an impressive soundtrack. There’s been a lot of advance hype surrounding this movie and it’s thrilling to see how Gunn’s contribution to the franchise continues the excellence we’ve come to associate with Marvel films.

Nell MinowGuardians of the Galaxy looks like the best thrill-ride of the summer, with an irresistible bunch of ragtag reprobates and a film that takes fun seriously but never takes itself seriously.

Kristy Puchko: I’m most interested in Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s got a female hero who has no patience for people insisting she should be “nice,” and a female villain who looks to be pretty badass. Read more>>>

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Rebecca Murray, Kristy Puchko, Carrie Rickey, Sheila Roberts, Jeanne Wolfe, Sara Vizcarrando.

Other Movies Opening the Week of July 28-Aug. 1, 2014:

July 30
– War Story (NY)

August 1
– 4 Minute Mile (limited)
– The Almost Man (NY)
– Behaving Badly (limited)
– Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (limited)
– Calvary (limited)
– Child of God (limited)
– Finding Fela (limited)
– Get on Up
– Guardians of the Galaxy (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)
– Rich Hill (limited)
– The Strange Little Cat (NY)

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