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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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What did you think of this film?
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.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? Yes

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Are There Any Extras After The Credits? Yes

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Is this stinger worth waiting around for? Vote UpVote Down (+65 rating, 221 votes)

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.

Special thanks to Hal and aPinat for confirming this information

Was seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in IMAX 3D, 3D or 4D worth the cost?

Circle, The (2017)

Title: The Circle
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: James Ponsoldt
Written by: James Ponsoldt, and Dave Eggers
Based on the novel by: Dave Eggers
Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane, Patton Oswalt,
Glenne Headly, and Bill Paxton

Release Date: 4/28/2017
Running Time: 110 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for The Circle, the world’s largest and most
powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as the opportunity of a lifetime. As she
rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s charismatic founder, Eamon Bailey
(Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy,
ethics, and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and her every
decision begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Dedication: For Bill

Special thanks to Aus for this submission


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Mega Post!

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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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SYNOPSIS

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.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? Yes

Click to see whats: during the credits

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? Yes

Click to see whats: after the credits

Is this stinger worth waiting around for? Vote UpVote Down (+52 rating, 64 votes)

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.

Special thanks to Hal and aPinat for confirming this information

Was seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in IMAX 3D, 3D or 4D worth the cost?

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Big Short, The (2015)*

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Title: The Big Short
Rating: R
Directed by: Adam McKay
Written by: Adam McKay and Charles Randolph
Based on the book by: Michael Lewis
Starring: Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Karen Gillan, Margot Robbie and Marisa Tomei
Release Date: 12/23/2015
Running Time: 130 minutes

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IMDb

Four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed.


What did you think of this film?

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After Credits? No

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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

Oculus (2013)

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TITLE: Oculus

RELEASE DATE: 4/11/2014

RATING: R

A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.

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