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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

May has finally arrived and with the temperature slowly starting to heat up around the country it’s time for the annual onslaught of the big budget box-office summer movies to begin. And starting us off as usual is Marvel Studios. This year is the return of our favorite space trekking heroes in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It’s going to be another box-office-breaking smash-hit for Marvel/Disney as they deliver once again a great, fun, action-packed comic book movie.

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Highlight videos from the red carpet premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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Highlight videos from the red carpet premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The red carpet premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hit Hollywood Wednesday, with some of the MCU’s best-known faces in attendance. Check out all the video clips, plus a full recording of Marvel’s live-stream of the whole event, and a new clip from the movie, due in theaters May 5!.

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Movie Issues: Guardians of the Galaxy

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Movie Issues: Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel and their cinematic universe opened the summer with Captain America: The Winter Solider, so it’s only fitting they also close down the summer movie season with their new film, Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, and featuring the voice talents of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. This time, Marvel shows us an all new, exciting, and absolutely amazing world above and beyond the stars with a fantastic new team of heroes in one great action-packed movie.

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[Editorial] Star Trek: In Defense of J.J. Abrams

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[Editorial] Star Trek: In Defense of J.J. Abrams

On May 16 of 2013 Star Trek: Into Darkness released in theaters. The film was well-received by critics and went on to score the largest box office returns in the franchise’s history. (On a more personal note, Into Darkness was reviewed favorably by our own Leland Pierce.) But less than three months later at the One Trek Mind Live panel in Las Vegas, Into Darkness was hailed as the worst Star Trek film in a live voting poll – worse even than the much-lamented The Final Frontier and notorious stinker Nemesis, and placing significantly below 1999 Star Trek send-up Galaxy Quest – which is not even a Star Trek film. 

To be completely fair, as One Trek Mind specifically states in the link:

“Now, just because something has to come in last doesn’t make it a bad film. Somebody has to bring up the rear! But others in the press (see Hollywood Reporter) felt the need to stir up some controversy.”

I’m not criticizing One Trek Mind in any way, shape, or form. I’m aiming at the the vocal element that seems to hold the Abrams-verse up as the worst thing that has ever happened to science fiction.

I raised a good old-fashioned Spock eyebrow to that one; the kind of people who vote in a poll at the Star Trek 2013 convention conjure a very specific mental image. I’ll leave that image to your own personal imagination, but I can imagine they wouldn’t be the kind of audience that would look favorably upon any creative license taken with the Holy Grail of the Star Trek canon: The Wrath of Khan.

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Movie Issues: Star Trek Into Darkness

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Movie Issues: Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek franchise and the sequel to 2009’s Star Trek. J.J. Abrams once again directs with a screenplay written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof.

This new adventure brings back all of our favorite crew members, adds some new ones, and gives us one hell of a ride from start to finish. The movie is reverential, faithful, and steeped in “Trek” mythology. Good or bad, this is a damn fun movie that Trekkies new and old can enjoy.

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