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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)*

Title: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: James Gunn
Written by: James Gunn
Based on the comic book by: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell
Release Date: 5/5/2017
Running Time: 136 minutes

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Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.


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Note: Before the credits roll, we see Kraglin practicing with Yondu’s arrow. The last attempt goes awry and the arrow strikes Drax in the neck. We hear Drax screaming while Kraglin slowly backs away and then runs out of the scene. Also during the credits a bunch of listings are shown as “I Am Groot”, they eventually change back to their proper credits before they scroll off the screen.

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Title: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Release Date: 5/5/2017
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 136 minutes

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Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell
Directed by: James Gunn
Screenplay by: James Gunn
Based on the comic book by: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Produced by: Kevin Feige
Executive Producer(s): Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.


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Note: Before the credits roll, we see Kraglin practicing with Yondu’s arrow. The last attempt goes awry and the arrow strikes Drax in the neck. We hear Drax screaming while Kraglin slowly backs away and then runs out of the scene. Also during the credits a bunch of listings are shown as “I Am Groot”, they eventually change back to their proper credits before they scroll off the screen.

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Joy Review – 4.5 out of 5 Stars

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David O. Russell is a very divisive filmmaker. For every person like me who considered American Hustle this brilliant, energetic experience, there was someone who found the movie sloppy, arrogant and generic. These people aren’t necessarily wrong but his latest movie Joy (seemingly his most polarizing movie to date) made me realize something. I love David O. Russell’s direction for a lot of the reasons people hate him. Joy isn’t as outstanding as Silver Linings Playbook or American Hustle, but it has David O. Russell doing everything he does best and he still delivers one hell of a movie. Joy is a clever and ambitious glimpse into a low income, single mother’s determination to follow her dreams and rise to the top in late 20th century America.

Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence) is a brilliant, imaginative young woman living a nightmarish life in New York in the late 1980’s. Her dreams of inventing things were put on hold for a variety of reasons. Her divorced mother (Virginia Madsen) and father (Robert De Niro) both live in her house and she constantly has to take care of them. Her marriage with a failed singer named Tony (Édgar Ramírez) led to two kids and a separation and now her ex-husband and there kids also live in this house. And I haven’t even mentioned her awful job at an airport where she isn’t respected by her boss or the customers. This endless chaos has seemingly put an end to the hopes she had when she was just a little girl. But a random accident and a bad dream leads to Joy creating an exciting new product called the Miracle Mop. Using only her smarts and her invention, she must battle a storm of issues including a psychotic step sister, a corrupt building company and Neil Walker (Bradley Cooper), the arrogant head of the QVC network which ends up making her product famous.

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One of the things I love about David O. Russell is how much liveliness there is to his storytelling. American Hustle is a movie where something is always happening and you have to be alert the entire time to learn more about the characters and follow the story. There’s an eccentricity and a confidence to it that you don’t see in a lot of writers these days. With Joy, he brings his form of storytelling to even louder and more intense levels. People might complain that its story is sloppy and noisy and unpleasant. To this criticism I have to say, well yeah…that’s the point.
Joy is supposed to be drowning in her life. She has to deal with all of these problems and she never gets any moments of alone time or peace of mind. Jennifer Lawrence’s excellent performance gives us a woman with a confident exterior who is secretly dying inside. There’s a terrific moment when she’s fighting with Tony and there’s a split second where you can see her rise to level of horror and panic that she rarely shows. When she creates the Miracle Mop, she has even more issues to deal with and it’s only when she has successfully made sure that her product is safe that she can finally rest.

Joy is a claustrophobic, chaotic experience because it’s meant to play as an escape story. But it’s not an escape story like Gravity where an astronaut must escape certain death in space, it’s about the escape of a single mother from the expectations and the limits society has put around her for her entire life. Her father puts down everything she does and her mother wastes her life away watching soap operas on her TV. Neil talks down to her and doesn’t respect the work she puts into the things she does. The movie traps you into this awful life she leads and you feel her desperation and the loud, unstoppable noise she has to live with. This makes you want to see her get out and break free and become her own person. The uneasiness you feel in her suburban life makes it’s that much more rewarding when you see her end up conquering her fears. That’s why the movie is quick and feels like all of these sub-plots are just about to fall in on each other.

My favorite moment in the movie comes near the end of the story when it looks like Joy has finally broken through with The Miracle Mop. She walks down the sidewalk and comes across this small toy shop. She doesn’t go inside but she looks into it through a window. Inside she sees this model train set that seems to contain the ideal, perfect little neighborhood. She also notices that inside this toy store is a happy family with two loving parents and a young girl. She can’t reach out and touch these things because again, it’s blocked by a window. And then she stops looking into the toy story and she looks up and sees a machine on top of her that creates artificial snow. As she looks up, the snow from this machine reaches her face and she seems to be completely calm.

It seems like such a random moment but I think it beautifully summarizes an important message in the film. Joy can’t have that perfect, ordinary life that’s in the window. She doesn’t have ordinary parents, an ordinary marriage or an ordinary neighborhood to live in. This lifestyle will always be out of reach for her. But yet, maybe what she has is even better. The comfort she has is from something that she made. Her peace of mind can come from the fact that she has done something with her life that has affected a lot of people and made her a very powerful person. In the end, Joy’s moment of clarity comes from the power of human ingenuity rather than the dependence of the perfect ordinary family inside the toy store. The anger, the frustration with her family will always be a problem for her but it doesn’t have to be something that bothers her and it doesn’t have to be something that she has to seek the approval of anymore. She can give her own children a different life that’s free from the hardships she herself faced. Joy is a movie about becoming something that no one ever believed in or supported besides you.

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All of the other lovely things you would expect from David O. Russell also make an appearance here. The movie has an amazing cast and Russell once again proves himself as perhaps being the best director working today when it comes to getting great performances out of his actors. As I already mentioned, Lawrence is wonderful as Joy and she gives her best performance here since Silver Linings Playbook. Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez and Bradley Cooper all make their characters very entertaining and memorable. Elisabeth Röhm is also playing a great villain in the few scenes she’s in as Joy’s manipulative step-sister who’s always resentful of what Joy has been able to accomplish. Other than Lawrence, I think the big stand out here would probably be Diane Ladd as Joy’s grandmother. Through thick and thin, she seems to be one of the few people who is always on Joy’s side and her narration in the film carries a lot of weight and significance.

The production design and costume design do a great job of bringing you back to that time in the late 80’s to early 90’s, especially in the scenes that take place at the QVC network. The cinematography is beautiful and Russell brings to Joy the grainy, 70’s look that also made American Hustle look stunning and unique. The visuals in his films always remind me of what you would expect in an old Altman or Scorsese movie. And at this point, it seems unnecessary to point how excellent the soundtracks are in his films. There’s a moment in the movie where Joy faces a tragic event in her family and the song Expecting to Fly by Buffalo Springfield is used perfectly. David O. Russell is an extremely confident director and no matter what movie you watch from him, you know that you’re going to get this beautiful looking world that contains a distinct voice. When you watch one of his movies, you know that you will be getting something that looks like someone has put their blood, sweat and tears into it. That’s a surprising rarity with recent dramas like Spotlight that really could’ve been directed by anyone.

More than American Hustle or Silver Linings Playbook, I can understand why people wouldn’t like this movie. The way the story is told is very bizarre and some of the characters could use a bit more development like her best friend/ex-husband Tony or Joy’s kids. But for all of its flaws and scratches, I unapologetically adored Joy. The film is incredibly made, excellently acted and it has one of the strongest character arcs of the year in its title character. The movie celebrates a woman who escapes from the certainty and the ugliness of her life to find a bright future in her own dreams and ideas. The cuts and the frantic nature of this world is what makes it human and David O. Russell has a clear talent for making situations and characters that feel alive and kicking. When we get to the last scene of Joy walking down the street with her shades on with seemingly endless confidence on her face, it makes you want to burst from your seat in well…joy.

Rating:(4.5/5)

Review by: Ryan M.

Release Date: 12/25/2015

Rating: PG-13

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Édgar Ramírez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Dascha Polanco, Elisabeth Röhm and Susan Lucci

Directed by: David O. Russell

Screenplay by: David O. Russell and Annie Mumolo

Joy (2015)

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Title: Joy
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: David O. Russell
Written by: David O. Russell and Annie Mumolo
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Édgar Ramírez and Diane Ladd
Release Date: 12/25/2015
Running Time: 124 minutes

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Joy is the story of a family across four generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.


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Memoriam: In Loving Memory of Burton Brand, M.D. 1925 – 2015, Bertil Sandgren 1942 – 2015 and Sharon Baumgarten Maifeld 1959 – 2015


Burnt (2015)

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Title: Burnt
Rating: R
Directed by: John Wells
Written by: Steven Knight and Michael Kalesniko
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Daniel Brühl
Release Date: 10/30/2015
Running Time: 100 minutes

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Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) is a Chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.


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Aloha (2015)*

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Title: Aloha
Rating: PG-13
Director: Cameron Crowe
Writer: Cameron Crowe
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone
Release Date: 5/29/2015
Running Time: 105 minutes

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A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.


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Serena (2014)

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Title: Serena
Rating: R
Director: Susanne Bier
Writer: Christopher Kyle
Based on the book by: Ron Rash
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Rhys Ifans
Release Date: 2/26/2015
Running Time: 109 minutes

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In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton’s timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena.


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American Sniper (2014)*

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TITLE: American Sniper

RELEASE DATE: 12/25/2014

RATING: R

Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Review – 4 out of 5 Stars

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In recent months, I have been quite critical of the Disney film side of Marvel. With the recent firing of master filmmaker Edgar Wright from Ant-Man, I have realized that the biggest problem with Marvel is that all of these movies seem to feature the same tone and general safety. Disney Marvel may have a better critical track record than recent DC but at the same time I don’t think Marvel will ever be able to make something like The Dark Knight trilogy because they often play way too close to the center of the box. I don’t think they make terrible movies (with the exception of Thor: The Dark World which is garbage) but not since Iron Man have they made a movie that has necessarily blown me away.

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Moving on to the situation at hand, Guardians of the Galaxy has plenty of the clichés of the other movies of the franchise and of action today as a whole, yet there is so much energy, excitement, style and fun to be found here that it all comes off as extremely charming so much that the moves stands as my 2nd favorite Disney Marvel film to Iron Man.

A thief named Star Lord (Peter Quill) finds an orb that could be used to destroy the whole world and he must team up with a group of misfits including a talking raccoon named Rocket Raccoon and a talking tree named Groot as well as a strong madman named Drax and an assassin named Gamora to keep the orb in the right hands.

The first great choice the film makes is in the fantastic cast. Chris Pratt gives an exceptional action lead performance. Like Iron Man, Star Lord has a lot of humor in the character and Chris Pratt has enough charisma as an actor to be able to give energy to the comedic requirements. Also like Iron Man, the character still manages to be dark and human and Chris Pratt did both things extremely well whether he was making a joke or doing a serious line. Star Lord never came off as obnoxiously loud and upbeat but he never came off as dull and uninspired like so many action protagonists I’ve seen this year. Zoe Saldana did a good job of playing the female assassin Gamora and she played well off of the antics of the other actors. I don’t think that she is as good in this as she was in say either Star Trek or Avatar but she serves the purpose of the character fine and she never felt like dead weight. Dave Bautista was loud and intense enough to play the insane alien Drax in a role that feels like it was built around the actor himself. All of the human characters have great actors who did fine for the parts and Chris Pratt continues to show us why he is one of the more interesting comedy actors working today.

I do have to conclude that the best characters of the movie are in fact the CGI ones. Rocket Raccoon and Groot are two of the most interesting characters to come out of blockbusters all year and they alone deserve to give the film a nomination for best visual effects. Rocket is brilliantly voiced by Bradley Cooper and he does so well that it never feels distracting that he is played by such a huge actor. The character also got some of the best lines of the movie and managed to be really compelling in the more dramatic scenes especially as the film went into the 2nd act. Groot does not have many lines in the film beyond constantly saying I am Groot (while being voiced by Vin Diesel) yet all the same Vin Diesel makes the character very poignant and sympathetic with the few lines he is given. Also because of fantastic visual effects, Groot is given a ton of emotions while saying very little because of the detail and the texture done by the team behind the creation of him. Groot is layered, funny, and compassionate and the best character in the entire film.

The 2nd great thing that this film did was hiring director James Gunn. I have not seen anything this director has done but by the first shot it becomes clear that they did not hire a hack to make this film. He adds as much personality and style as you can with these movies. He gives the film a fantastic soundtrack filled such great music and the way that he adds the soundtrack to the story is done really well and leads to an amazing scene near the end. I have a soft spot for the usage of older music in modern movies (American Hustle, Django Unchained, and Seven Psychopaths) and the way this film used that sort of thing was more than impressive. Needless to say, the visual effects are the best I’ve seen of any movie this year built in with the amazing cinematography. The movie hits a lot of things that I look for in visual effects. They use the effects to create unique characters, the world they built is detailed and the design has a focus on originality and beauty. I get impressed by things like Transformers and Godzilla but it takes true craft to create such an ambitious and visually stunning setting as they have done here. Unlike Thor, this movie is colorful and built on a grand and gripping place that is hard to find in most other movies today. This is by far the most well directed of any of the movies Disney Marvel has released to date and the creative range that they gave everyone working on this movie definitely shows.

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I said above that the movie is very clichéd. Don’t get me wrong on all the praise I’ve given it, this movie has a ton of problems. Most of the musical score that isn’t the soundtrack is very normal and the characters have a lot of stereotypes. The death of Star Lord’s mother isn’t done with a particular nuance that makes the age old idea feel inventive and the movie features one sided villains, a speech that brings the team back together again and a story that is quite predictable. This movie features just as much story problems as Captain America, Thor or The Avengers but here is the difference. The best example I can relate to is the recent Doctor Who series. That show features a trope filled storyline yet the characters are so interesting and fun to watch and the world they create is so fascinating and layered that not only is it really entertaining but in its own way it becomes surprisingly touching by the end of it all. Yeah it’s got problems, but there is a lot of confidence in the performances and in the director and it’s all being done with such a high level of talent and competence that you can’t help but get invested in the adrenaline of it all up to a point where I got goose bumps at a few points near the end.

This film is extremely problematic and I have no doubt that this franchise will eventually get run into the ground and the charm of the film will be lost by Disney. Yet, I walked away from this movie rather happy for many reasons. This is the most visually ambitious film I’ve seen from Disney Marvel and all of the acting and comedy is fantastic. You will get dragged into this movie because of the high level of energy that comes from every aspect. Guardians of the Galaxy is a nice, refreshing piece of entertainment through and through.

Rating:(4/5)

Review by: Ryan M.

Release Date: 4/4/2014

Rating: PG-13

Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro

Directed by: James Gunn

Screenplay by: James Gunn

Written by: James Gunn and Nicole Perlman

Based on the Comic Book by: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)*

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TITLE: Guardians of the Galaxy (aka. Guardians of the Galaxy 3D and Guardians of the Galaxy: An IMAX 3D Experience)

RELEASE DATE: 8/1/2014

RATING: PG-13

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.

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