Guardians of the Galaxy

Five interstellar oddballs—among them a humanoid tree and a talking raccoon with a bad attitude—band together to keep a mythic whatsit out of the hands of an evil whosis. Most of the juice in this Marvel Studios behemoth comes from wisecracking Chris Pratt, completing his decade-long metamorphosis from comic chubster to chiseled action hero, and an ironic soundtrack of 70s and 80s dance hits, which Pratt’s character accesses from a treasured mixtape cassette that his dying mother gave him back on planet earth. As you might have guessed, these meager pleasures are swallowed up in all the frantic action and overblown CG sequences. James Gunn directed; with Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio Del Toro.