This Week in Movies

In which our movie guru tells you what he really feels about what’s coming to the silver screen. Check in every Wednesday for the weekend’s releases, or grab a copy of our print edition to see the whole month.


Release date: August 1
Director: Tate Taylor
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer

Based on the life of singer James Brown, Get On Up recounts the Godfather of Soul’s journey from an impoverished child in South Carolina and Georgia to his rise to one of the most iconic figures in pop music history. The film stars Chadwick Boseman, who previously played barrier-breaking baseball player Jackie Robinson in last year’s 42, as James Brown, and True Blood favorite Nelsan Ellis as Bobby Byrd, the man credited with discovering the superstar.



Release date: August 1
Director: James Gunn
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper

The Marvel movie universe expands with the debut of Guardians of the Galaxy, which follows an American pilot named Peter Quill – aka Star-Lord (Pratt) – who becomes the most wanted man in outer space after stealing a powerful orb. To help him outrun his enemies, Quill joins forces with a band of misfits, including an assassin named Gamora (Saldana), a warrior named Drax (Dave Bautista), a tree-like alien named Groot (voice of Diesel) and a mercenary raccoon (voice of Cooper).

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David Onda is Fly Magazine's movie guy. He is an entertainment writer for a national outlet. He's attended and covered the Academy Awards on several (well, 3) occasions for a national outlet. He once made Quentin Tarantino laugh. He has shared an elevator with Bruce Willis, sat in John Waters' living room and has flown in the same airplane as Joan Rivers.

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  1. UPDATE: I saw “Guardians of the Galaxy” last night and it is amazing. It’s important to note that it is not a superhero movie, but rather a sci-fi film akin to “Star Wars” or “Star Trek.” The soundtrack — which you’ve gotten a glimpse of during the trailer — is just as cool in the movie. The thing that caught me by surprise was how much I came to love all five Guardians — even Drax, played by big lummox Dave Bautista. Rocket Raccoon is a boss. And Groot is my new spirit animal. The press screening didn’t include the post-credits stinger, so if someone could let me know what happens, that would be great.

  2. P.S. For what it’s worth, a critic friend of mine told me the dialogue for “Get On Up” is atrocious, but the performances by Boseman and Spencer are pretty great. So, there’s your second-hand review.

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