Movie – Guardians of the Galaxy: A+

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I’ve always convinced myself I was a fan of Marvel’s cosmic series, but to be honest, I would classify very few as “good”. But now, finally, I am rewarded for my vigilant fandom. Guardians of the Galaxy threw more cosmic comic references than I could’ve dreamed, and topped it with nostalgia for things non-comic-bookers love too, most notably the music. But even the space adventure structure felt warmly familiar. The humor exceeded expectations (which were already high) and the action flowed gorgeously. And for a movie overflowing with characters, each was granted enough time to find a purpose.

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Movie – Star Trek Into Darkness: A

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Like the first Trek reboot film, this one offered another great space adventure. It’s filled with action of varying types, but all highly entertaining. The humor remained fantastic, with Scotty and Bones stealing the show once again, but this time with even more screen time. Sulu didn’t get to shine in this one, but he got to sword fight last time so he can take a break. The plot was less solid this time around, and may have been a bit heavy on the homage to the source materials, but the strength of Abrams action sequences more than made up for it. In his Trek films, when things are frantic, things are fun. And things are often frantic.