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Another Wave Of Overwhelmingly Positive Reviews For Guardians Of The Galaxy Hit

7 hours ago | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Critics are hooked on a feeling after watching Guardians of the Galaxy, with Cbm's Nate Best calling it a, "sci-fi romp through the galactic Wild West with a group of characters that you won’t want to end", and a number of UK based publications like Empire and Total Film having nothing but good things to say. Now, all of the Hollywood trades have weighed in with their opinions, and you can find a round-up of reviews from those and a number of other sites below. It sounds like Marvel Studios have another winner on their hands with James Gunn's biggest movie to date, and while its box office performance remains to be seen, a sequel being announced on Saturday at Comic-Con perhaps wouldn't be too surprising! What do you guys think of these reviews?  Possibly one of the funniest (and strangest) Marvel movies yet, James Gunn and his »

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Review: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' may be the most charming Marvel movie yet

7 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I've had several people ask me now if I think "Guardians Of The Galaxy" is the best of the Marvel movies so far. That's a hard question to answer, because I think there are many different things that I look for in a film, and none of the Marvel movies scratch the exact same itch. What's safe to say is that "Guardians Of The Galaxy" is the most charming Marvel movie so far. The primary ensemble (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel) is perhaps the most winning group of characters they've introduced in any of these movies so far, and while it's hard to figure out their dynamic when you just read their names together or even in clips, by the end of the film, this is a family that I would happily follow through any number of movies. I'm not sure I've ever seen »

- Drew McWeeny

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James Gunn Talks Possible 'Avengers' / 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Crossover

8 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's no secret that director James Gunn's cosmic adventure Guardians of the Galaxy features an appearance by Thanos, since Marvel announced in May that Josh Brolin is playing the Mad Titan. Since Thanos was revealed during the end credit sequence in Marvel's The Avengers, many fans have wondered if Guardians of the Galaxy will set the stage for a possible Guardians/Avengers crossover.

During an interview with Digital Spy, James Gunn hinted that there is a "decent chance" that the Guardians and the Avengers will cross paths.

"I think that there's certainly a decent chance that in the near future some of the Avengers or some of the Avengers or the Guardians And the Avengers or some sort of permutation of that, they'll meet at some point in time."

While it's too soon to tell whether or not a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel will get the green light at Marvel, »

- MovieWeb

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‘Star Wars,’ ‘Superman’ Inspire New ‘Avengers’ Score

9 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Composer Brian Tyler’s score for Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” will try to pay homage to the music of films like “Star Wars,” “Superman” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

Those films “changed the game,” the composer said during the Musical Anatomy of a Superhero panel at Comic-Con on Thursday in San Diego. “It’s the template for ‘The Avengers’ coming up.”

That’s good news for fans of superhero movie music who have seen a bi-polar split between the serious sound of more recent Batman and Superman movies at DC and the triumphant and bombastic sounds of Marvel’s films.

“Marvel’s vibe is more old school, more heroic,” said Tyler Bates (“Guardians of the Galaxy”). “DC seems darker, post-apocalyptic.”

John Ottman, who recently scored “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” said the now-classic “Superman” and “Batman” scores by John Williams and Danny Elfman served as a “resurrection of the film score. »

- Marc Graser

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Karen Gillan on Doctor Who: 'I'd have liked to work with Peter Capaldi'

10 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Karen Gillan has revealed that she would have liked to have worked with Peter Capaldi on Doctor Who.

Gillan portrayed the 11th Doctor's (Matt Smith) companion Amy Pond from 2010 to 2012, and most recently made a surprise cameo in the 2013 Christmas special.

Speaking to Digital Spy at the Guardians of the Galaxy red carpet premiere in Leicester Square tonight (July 24), Gillan expressed her admiration for new Doctor Who star Capaldi.

"That would have been amazing [to work with Capaldi]," she said. "I love him as an actor, he's a fellow Scot, but unfortunately I didn't get to do any scenes with him."

Gillan added that she is "still really good friends" with former Doctor Who co-star Matt Smith and plans to meet up with him soon in Los Angeles.

The actress also spoke about her role as the villainous intergalactic pirate Nebula in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

"I was covered in bruises consistently the whole time, »

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Karen Gillan on Doctor Who: 'I'd have liked to work with Peter Capaldi'

10 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Karen Gillan has revealed that she would have liked to have worked with Peter Capaldi on Doctor Who.

Gillan portrayed the 11th Doctor's (Matt Smith) companion Amy Pond from 2010 to 2012, and most recently made a surprise cameo in the 2013 Christmas special.

Speaking to Digital Spy at the Guardians of the Galaxy red carpet premiere in Leicester Square tonight (July 24), Gillan expressed her admiration for new Doctor Who star Capaldi.

"That would have been amazing [to work with Capaldi]," she said. "I love him as an actor, he's a fellow Scot, but unfortunately I didn't get to do any scenes with him."

Gillan added that she is "still really good friends" with former Doctor Who co-star Matt Smith and plans to meet up with him soon in Los Angeles.

The actress also spoke about her role as the villainous intergalactic pirate Nebula in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

"I was covered in bruises consistently the whole time, »

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Film Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

10 hours ago | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆When Marvel announced that the next characters they were going to introduce in 'Phase Two' of their ongoing saga would include a walking tree and a talking raccoon, eyebrows were raised. With Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), a substantial punt is being taken not only on characters less familiar to the public, but in firing their universe into the unknown cosmos. Fortunately, the gamble has well and truly paid off. Helmed by James Gunn, this intergalactic yarn is not only a refreshing addition to the space opera sub-genre, but also one of the studio's most enjoyable films to date. Abducted from Earth as an orphan, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) has grown into the swaggering 'Star-Lord' out in deep space.

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- CineVue UK

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How ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Brought Rocket Raccoon and Groot to Life

10 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

An off-kilter genre film veteran, James Gunn had a very clear mission for “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Though it was his first studio franchise movie, Gunn aimed to avoid translating the little-known Marvel title into a typical tentpole action film, steering clear of gritty origin story trappings that turn its spandex-clad musclemen into tragic, existentially tortured victims of their own power. “There are a lot of those movies that are really boring to me,” Gunn told TheWrap earlier this week. “There are a lot of movies out there that try to be dark and brooding, when they just seem like they're putting. »

- Jordan Zakarin

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Premiere Interviews: James Gunn, Joss Whedon & the Cast of Guardians of the Galaxy

11 hours ago | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

With Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel have set their sights and ambitions skyward, and from the early reviews they’ve succeeded admirably.

James Gunn takes us out of Earth’s atmosphere with Chris Pratt leading our titular anti-heroes alongside Zoe Saldana, Dave Batista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel (the latter two on voice duties). Tonight the UK Premiere took place in London and we were on the carpet asking the questions.

What began as a risky enterprise for Marvel has become a potential springboard for many other properties and keeps the expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe in check. It’s one thing to elevate Iron Man and Thor into the public consciousness – these merry band of criminals, animals and forestry is quite another.

This evening Ben Mortimer and Colin Hart were on hand in Leicester Square to interview the cast and crew (and other Marvelites such as Joss Whedon), let’s see how they got on. »

- Jon Lyus

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James Gunn Shares Thoughts On An Avengers/Guardians Of The Galaxy Crossover

12 hours ago | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

When asked by Digital Spy whether he believes Marvel are heading in the direction of an Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy team-up as both sets of heroes prepare to take on Thanos, writer and director James Gunn - who has recently been rumoured to be in the running to helm a third instalment of The Avengers - had this to say. "I think that there's certainly a decent chance that in the near future some of the Guardians or some of the Avengers or the Guardians And the Avengers or some sort of permutation of that, they'll meet at some point in time." The director then addresses the budget and humour before talk turned to what stage he and Marvel are at with a sequel. "I've been thinking about a sequel from the beginning. When I was setting up Guardians, I wanted it to be a movie that worked by itself, »

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Movie Review – Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

13 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014.

Directed by James Gunn.

Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee PaceMichael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro and Peter Serafinowicz, with the voice talents of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.

Synopsis:

In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.

Guardians of the Galaxy was always going to have a hard time against the bigger boys of the Marvel Universe. They are a group that aren’t even c-level players, directed by a man with mostly TV credits and cult movies to his name and a leading cast with no big stars that the likes of Iron Man and Captain America have. But it’s a movie that has defied the odds. Every element has »

- Luke Owen

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' (2014) Movie Review

13 hours ago | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Marvel is tangentially moving their Cinematic Universe deep into the cosmos with Guardians of the Galaxy, and director James Gunn has definitely created something that seems wholly separate from The Avengers franchise of movies, but different doesn't mean better. In fact, boredom set in early and only a few chuckles here and there sustained me for the duration. I never felt a tinge of excitement. The story is nothing more than a "to do" list as we bounce across the galaxy, meeting this person and that being, moving from Xandar to Knowhere, for the first hour or so before we finally realize that's all this is, a means of establishing a few characters, acquiring a MacGuffin and preparing for the next inevitable step in the story. Worst of all, this is a movie about waiting around to see what happens next, because it isn't long before you know what's going to happen, »

- Brad Brevet

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Guardians of the Galaxy Review

13 hours ago | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Before Marvel Studios released Iron Man in 2008 it was considered a risk. Few non-comic book readers knew of the genius billionaire playboy philanthropist and then Robert Downey Jr. swaggered his way onto the big screen, and the rest is history. Risk has once again been the watchword in the build-up to Guardians of the Galaxy, the tenth film in Marvel’s ever-expanding cinematic universe. Granted, it’s a lot stranger than a man in a metal suit, but Marvel have since proven how adept they are at realising their characters on the big screen. Guardians is their reward for those previous nine pictures, and as directed by James Gunn it’s a delightfully fun ride.

Guardians centres on Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), an adventurer and treasure hunter who finds himself on the wrong side of a manhunt after stealing an orb sought-after by the villainous Ronan »

- Amon Warmann

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Review

13 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan

Running Time: 121 minutes

Certificate: 12A

Synopsis: In the far reaches of space, Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.

Marvel have spent recent years building a masterful world that led to The Avengers (2012), and now they’ve gone and done it again with fresh characters in the truly awe-inspiring Guardians Of The Galaxy. If you don’t know who these people are then fear not, as you’ll easily enjoy with no prior knowledge and be treated to one of the funniest and most charismatic Marvel films since the Avengers assembled.

We start with an introduction into the back story of how human Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) became part of another universe, and we learn the tragic fate of his Mother. »

- Dan Bullock

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Film Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

13 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If the wayward denizens of “Star Wars’” Mos Eisley Cantina rose up and demanded their own starring vehicle, it would probably look something like “Guardians of the Galaxy,” an alt-“Avengers” in which a ragtag band of misfits and mercenaries make the world a safer place almost by accident. An unusually prankish and playful Marvel Studios vehicle, director James Gunn’s presumptive franchise-starter is overlong, overstuffed and sometimes too eager to please, but the cheeky comic tone keeps things buoyant — as does Chris Pratt’s winning performance as the most blissfully spaced-out space crusader this side of Buckaroo Banzai. While these “Guardians” seem unlikely to challenge the box office benchmarks set by their Marvel brethren, this inaugural outing should nevertheless inject some much-needed life into Hollywood’s sagging summer fortunes.

Introduced in the January 1969 issue of “Marvel Super-Heroes,” the Guardians have been spun off, recast and rebooted several times over the decades, »

- Scott Foundas

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Guardians of the Galaxy review: Marvel goes cosmic with Chris Pratt

13 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: James Gunn; Screenwriters: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman; Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Josh Brolin, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, John C Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou; Running time: 121 mins; Certificate: 12A

The fact that Guardians of the Galaxy contains a gag about semen (thanks to a Jackson Pollock reference) tells you all you need to know about this latest blockbuster off the Marvel production line. This is not the superhero movie you were expecting; dark and brooding internal angst gets traded in for a breezy cosmic adventure and crackling comedy quips. Marvel Studios has never been one to embrace the idiosyncratic or eccentric, but director James Gunn brings a fresh point of view to a genre that's fast becoming to sag with predictability.

Gunn's last film Super was a sly deconstruction of comic book storytelling, yet Guardians is a »

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Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers will meet, says James Gunn

13 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

James Gunn's last movie Super was produced on a budget of just $2.5 million - you can add a couple of zeroes to that figure and you'll be close to the cost of Guardians of the Galaxy, a Marvel blockbuster that takes the brand's expanding cinematic universe into the far reaches of space.

Digital Spy spoke to Gunn about injecting risqué gags into a family-friendly film, having ideas for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and why the Guardians and the Avengers may need to team up to take down Thanos.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Read Digital Spy's review ★★★★

Watch Star-Lord in action in Guardians of the Galaxy clips

The tenth instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy features an ensemble cast including Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as assassin Gamora, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon and WWE »

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'Guardians of the Galaxy': Film Review

13 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

From the golden-typefaced title to the wisecracking dialogue and save-the-universe plotline, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has been begging comparison to Star Wars from its initial marketing push (particularly the venerable Episode IV — A New Hope). Unsurprisingly, Guardians is no Star Wars, but it turns out that’s actually good news. Since Disney will be rebooting the classic franchise with Episode VII next year anyway, James Gunn’s inventive space opera, sourcing somewhat minor characters from the Marvel universe, could serve as an appropriate warm-up — or even launch a franchise of its own eventually. Guardians should

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- Justin Lowe

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Review: Chris Pratt Rides Shotgun on Marvel's Charming Space Opera

13 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Take the Dirty Dozen, subtract the Magnificent Seven, and you'll roughly get the membership of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a surprisingly winning space-faring adventure with a group of Marvel Comics characters led by Chris Pratt in a breakout action-lead performance. Taking place in the far-flung outer-space territories of the shared universe created in the Marvel Studios movies (“The Avengers,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” et. al.), “Guardians of the Galaxy” takes a B-team of lesser-known comic-book heroes — no familiar faces like Thor, Wolverine or Iron Man here — and, thanks to director and co-writer James Gunn (“Slither,” “Super”), wrings »

- James Rocchi

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Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy – The Next Big Superhero Franchise?

13 hours ago | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

I was one of the lucky few invited to attend the first screening of Guardians of the Galaxy on July 19th at Walt Disney Studios.  If you follow ComicBookMovie.com’s social feeds, or saw the initial screening reactions, you’ll note that my initial reaction was “Watch out Avengers, there’s a new posse in town!”… After spending the weekend in Burbank California for the screening, interviewing Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Yondu (Michael Rooker) and having a several days to digest the film, what was great and what could have been improved upon, do I still feel the same way?  Absolutely! James Gunn does so many things right with Guardians of the Galaxy that one is tempted to say “The film is perfect!” While I’m tempted to say exactly that, it wouldn’t be true. The “perfect” film has yet to be created, and I would »

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