Guardians of the Galaxy

Show Times:

Fri 9/19 & Sat 9/20 7:15pm, only in 3D
Sun 9/21 through Thur 9/25 7:15pm, only 2D
Adults $5.00 / Children $4.00
Additional fee of $2.00 for 3D

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Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 121 minutes

Better late than never. Guardians of the Galaxy is this year’s biggest grossing movie. And believe it or not, it’s good, scoring a whopping 92 percent with the top reviewers, per “Rotten Tomatoes.” I don’t want to hear that you’ve already seen it; no excuses. See it again, it rewards a second, even a third viewing. It has depths that you haven’t even imagined. Oxford University is offering an on-line course called “The Semiotics of Guardians,” taught by Slavoj Zizek, only open to multiple viewing viewers. (lol) But to the nitty-gritty. Here, Marvel expands its universe to, uh, the universe, sending the Guardians to defend it against ISIS—no, that’s wrong, against Drax the Destroyer, and Ronan the Accuser, played by Lee Pace, the slippery star of the underrated and underseen AMC show, Halt and Catch Fire. But the scene stealer of Guardians is Chris Pratt, who is not just another pretty face, but a pretty face with charisma, charm, and humor, or at least that’s what they say. Also starring Zoe Saldana (Neytiri in Avatar), the voice of Bradley Cooper, playing a raccoon, and wonderful Michael Rooker, who you’ll remember as Merle from The Walking Dead.—Peter Biskind

“Chris Pratt, overflowing with charisma, plays the leader of the pack of misfits, and his blissed-out space cowboy (with a love for seventies music) is so full of good will that he buoys the film and its requisite whizbang special effects.”—Bruce Diones, New Yorker

“The people who made this movie must have had a swell time in the process, and it’s nice to see a summer epic that takes itself so unseriously.”—Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“While Guardians takes you down one after another crazy narrative turn, it also pulls you into – and, for the most part, keeps you in – a fully realized other world.”—Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“I’ve been pretty mixed on Marvel movies over the years – some have dazzled me, others have left me depressed. But Guardians is the first one that feels excitingly unpredictable.”—Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

“…the zany script by director James Gunn and co-writer Nicole Perlman is sharply funny.”—Claudia Puig, USA Today

“It may be a mess, but it’s an extremely good-natured mess, full of humor and warmth. More surprising still, the very elements that seemed most likely to ruin the movie-the tree-man, the talking raccoon-account for much of its improbable charm.”—Christopher Orr, The Atlantic