Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)

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Science fiction

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Thu Jul 24

To misquote Forrest Gump’s mother, Guardians of the Galaxy is like a box of chocolates. Or rather, it’s like a vast, family-size crate of chocolates, all wrapped in the shiniest packaging and exploding with sweetness and surprises. Maybe there are a couple of flavors you don’t care for, and after a while, it all starts to get a bit sickening, but you stuff yourself anyway, coming up bloated and satisfied on the other side.

Based on one of Marvel Comics’ lesser-known franchises dating back to 1969, this is the tale of Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), an earthling abducted as a boy who, a quarter of a century later, is working as a Han Solo–style outlaw for hire under the self-ordained nickname Star-Lord. When his quest for a mysterious orb attracts the attention of some intergalactic troublemakers, Quill throws in with a team of fellow outsiders, including green-skinned warrior princess Gamora (Zoe Saldana), genetically enhanced raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), comically literal man-mountain Drax (Dave Bautista) and a self-regenerating, semisentient walking tree named Groot (Vin Diesel, typecast again).

There’s a basic good-versus-evil plot in here somewhere, but it’s rendered largely impenetrable by a profusion of Marvel-verse asides that will only make sense to those who have followed the mythology across the entire comics-and-film franchise (some conversations seem to consist entirely of silly names jumbled up at random). No matter: The rest of us can just sit back and enjoy the ride, as the film ricochets from one dazzling, frazzling action set piece to the next, pausing only to charm our socks off with another pithy retort, classic bubblegum-pop tune or cutely random alien.

Some may find the film’s self-satisfaction a little grating—Pratt is likable, but he’s no Harrison Ford, however hard he tries—and there are moments when the sheer brain-melting relentlessness becomes wearying. But overall, this is giddy, ridiculous fun—a witty, wacky, wonderfully generous gift of a film. Marvel, you shouldn’t have.

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Release details

Rated:

PG-13

US release:

Fri Aug 1, 2014

Duration:

121 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

James Gunn

Screenwriter:

James Gunn

Cast:

Chris Pratt, Zoë Saldana, Dave Bautista

Voices:

Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper

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AMC South Barrington 30

170 Studio Dr, South Barrington Show map/details

  • Address:

    AMC South Barrington 30 170 Studio Dr
    South Barrington

  • Venue phone:

    888-262-4386

  • Venue website:

    amcentertainment.com

  • Price:

    Adults $10 after 4pm; kids ages 2–12 $7; matinee $8 before 3:55pm; seniors age 60 and up $9

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Classic Cinemas Ogden 6

1227 E Ogden Ave, Naperville Show map/details

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    Classic Cinemas Ogden 6 1227 E Ogden Ave
    Naperville

  • Venue phone:

    630-357-5050

  • Venue website:

    classiccinemas.com

  • Price:

    $8.50, seniors and kids $6, matinees before 6pm $6

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    1. Classic Cinemas Ogden 6
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  • Sat Oct 25:

    • 1:30pm
    • 4:10pm
    • 6:50pm
    • 9:25pm
  • Sun Oct 26:

    • 1:30pm
    • 4:10pm
    • 6:50pm
    • 9:25pm
  • Mon Oct 27:

    • 1:30pm
    • 4:10pm
    • 6:50pm
    • 9:25pm
  • Tue Oct 28:

    • 1:30pm
    • 4:10pm
    • 6:50pm
    • 9:25pm
  • Wed Oct 29:

    • 1:30pm
    • 4:10pm
    • 6:50pm
    • 9:25pm
  • Thu Oct 30:

    • 1:30pm
    • 4:10pm
    • 6:50pm
    • 9:25pm

Keno Family Drive-In

9102 Sheridan Rd, Pleasant Prairie, 53158 Show map/details

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    Keno Family Drive-In 9102 Sheridan Rd
    Pleasant Prairie
    53158

  • Venue phone:

    262-694-8855

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    1. Keno Family Drive-In
      • 9102 Sheridan Rd
        Pleasant Prairie
        53158
      • 262-694-8855
      • 42.5401,-87.8248
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  • Sat Oct 25:

    • 9:15pm
  • Sun Oct 26:

    • 9:15pm

La Grange Theatres

80 S. La Grange Road, La Grange, 60525 Show map/details

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    La Grange Theatres 80 S. La Grange Road
    La Grange
    60525

  • Venue phone:

    708-354-0460

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    1. La Grange Theatres
      • 80 S. La Grange Road
        La Grange
        60525
      • 708-354-0460
      • 41.8129,-87.8695
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  • Sat Oct 25:

    • 2:30pm
    • 6:55pm
    • 9:20pm
  • Sun Oct 26:

    • 2:30pm
    • 6:55pm
    • 9:20pm
  • Mon Oct 27:

    • 6:55pm
    • 9:20pm
  • Tue Oct 28:

    • 6:55pm
    • 9:20pm
  • Wed Oct 29:

    • 2:30pm
    • 6:55pm
    • 9:20pm
  • Thu Oct 30:

    • 6:55pm
    • 9:20pm

Logan Theatre

2646 N Milwaukee Ave, (at Kedzie Ave), Chicago Show map/details

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    Logan Theatre 2646 N Milwaukee Ave
    Chicago

  • Cross Street:

    at Kedzie Ave

  • Venue phone:

    773-252-0628

  • Transport:

    El stop: Blue to Logan Square. Bus: 56, 76.

  • Price:

    $7

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    1. Logan Theatre
      • 2646 N Milwaukee Ave
        Chicago
      • 773-252-0628
      • 41.929889,-87.708786
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  • Sat Oct 25:

    • 2:45pm
    • 10:25pm
  • Sun Oct 26:

    • 12:35pm
  • Mon Oct 27:

    • 2:45pm
    • 10:25pm
  • Tue Oct 28:

    • 2:45pm
    • 10:25pm
  • Wed Oct 29:

    • 2:00pm
    • 9:20pm
  • Thu Oct 30:

    • 2:45pm

Regal Lincolnshire Stadium 21 & IMAX

300 Parkway Dr., Lincolnshire, 60069 Show map/details

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    Regal Lincolnshire Stadium 21 & IMAX 300 Parkway Dr.
    Lincolnshire
    60069

  • Venue phone:

    847-229-9100

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    1. Regal Lincolnshire Stadium 21 & IMAX
      • 300 Parkway Dr.
        Lincolnshire
        60069
      • 847-229-9100
      • 42.18,-87.9296
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