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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Marvel’s best flick yet puts ’70s fun back in space opera

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Marvel’s best flick yet puts ’70s fun back in space opera

What makes “Guardians” such a grand summertime treat is a script loyal to comic book parameters, but played loose, with pop and sass — and key ’70s songs.

‘Magic in the Moonlight’: Promised twists and turns are illusion, leaving a love story

‘Magic in the Moonlight’: Promised twists and turns are illusion, leaving a love story

This slight romance is lacking in Woody Allen’s usual zing – and Colin Firth and great cinematography can’t fix that.

‘And So It Goes’: Embittered widower discovers granddaughter, Keaton, love

‘And So It Goes’: Embittered widower discovers granddaughter, Keaton, love

It’s a clichéd premise, but director Rob Reiner and his cast play up the comedy on what could have been a flat, Lifetime weepy, making it an intermittent joy.

‘Most Wanted Man’: Hoffman’s goodbye comes in German accent, le Carré’s words

‘Most Wanted Man’: Hoffman’s goodbye comes in German accent, le Carré’s words

Phillip Seymour Hoffman left us far too early, but “A Most Wanted Man” is a fitting farewell – maybe not top-shelf John le Carré, but Hoffman at his finest.

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’: Primates can’t win when hawks lurk in their ranks

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’: Primates can’t win when hawks lurk in their ranks

The film’s a pleaser and works seamlessly as a prequel and sequel. Nothing to go ape about, but a good way to cool your heels in the heat.

‘Life Itself’: Roger Ebert gets his movie, and it’s a romance with film, Chaz, Siskel

‘Life Itself’: Roger Ebert gets his movie, and it’s a romance with film, Chaz, Siskel

A documentary about film critic Ebert challenges the viewer to take stock of what a life well-lived should look like and what it might be like to confront death.

‘The Rover’: Back in ‘Mad Max’ territory, Guy Pearce will kill to get his car back

‘The Rover’: Back in ‘Mad Max’ territory, Guy Pearce will kill to get his car back

The post-apocalyptic Outback here is the result of an economic meltdown 10 years down the road, and signs of moral order are just a mirage.

‘The Signal’: Neo experience for nerd trio in derivative but mysterious sci-fi offering

‘The Signal’: Neo experience for nerd trio in derivative but mysterious sci-fi offering

The low-budget “Signal” starts out strong but starts to fade as references to other films pile up and the mood switches to mayhem.

‘Words and Pictures’: Paint by numbers, except for vibrant author-artist love story

‘Words and Pictures’: Paint by numbers, except for vibrant author-artist love story

A tale of warring, damaged-goods creatives at an elite prep school has a lot you’ve seen before, but their romance is free of convention and cliché.

‘Edge of Tomorrow’: Tom Cruise wins war with superbly clever time travel

‘Edge of Tomorrow’: Tom Cruise wins war with superbly clever time travel

It’s the invasion from “Saving Private Ryan” against a “Starship Troopers” foe with a “Groundhog Day” reset, but Cruise (and top-notch writing and directing) makes it work.

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