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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ primed for big screen

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This image released by Disney-Marvel shows from left, Zoe Saldana, the character Rocket Racoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, the character Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista in a scene from "Guardians of the Galaxy." The movie releases on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Disney - Marvel)

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From page A7 | July 30, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — A group of interstellar outlaws leads the films that will vie for the top box office spot this weekend.

“Guardians of the Galaxy,” rated PG-13, features some big names with Glenn Close, Zoe Saldana and Benicio Del Toro and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel in a fantasy movie where unlikely characters form an alliance to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions.

The “Godfather of Soul” is the focus of the PG-13 biography, “Get On Up,” the only other movie to open nationwide Friday. Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer are also featured in the drama that takes Brown from his impoverished childhood to superstardom.

Opening in limited release Friday are:

“What If,” PG-13, which stars Daniel Radcliffe as a medical school dropout repeatedly burned by bad relationships. Just when he puts his love life on hold, he finds a new female friend. But can it stay platonic?

“Cabin Fever: Patient Zero,” which features Sean Astin as a member of group on an ultimate bachelor weekend who stumble upon an abandoned research facility where a flash-eating virus has been unleashed. It’s not rated.

“The Olivia Experiment,” a romantic comedy that centers on a 27-year-old graduate student who questions her sexual orientation. It’s not rated.

“Calvary,” which features Brendan Bleeson as a good priest tormented by various members of his community. M. Emmet Walsh also stars. It’s rated R.

“Behaving Badly,” a comedy about nymphomania and narcolepsy and other things. Selena Gomez, Dylan McDermott and Cary Elwes star. It’s rated R.

“Child of God,” James Franco’s adpatation of the 1973 novel with the same name. The story centers on one man’s descent from Tennessee loner to serial killer. Franco also acts in the movie. It’s rated R.

“Louder Than Words,” PG-13, which tells the story of a couple trying to deal with the death of their young daughter. David Duchovny, Hope Davis and Timothy Hutton star.

“The Strange Little Cat,” which is set inside a Berlin apartment and looks at the day-to-day life of its inhabitants. It’s not rated.

“4 Minute Mile,” PG-13, a drama about a high school athlete who had to deal with tragedy the night prior to the biggest race of his life. Kim Basinger stars.

“Finding Fela,” a documentary about musician Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat sound that makes him an enemy of Nigeria’s military regime. It’s not rated.

For showtimes, call the Edwards Theatres at 432-2140, Brenden Theatres at 469-0190 or visit  www.fandango.com/94533_movietimes.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

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Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
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