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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 3D (12A) .....GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 3D (12A) ......

MAKE way Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and even Avengers Assemble - the 10th film from the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' has some brand new cinematic heroes.

AKE way Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and even Avengers Assemble - the 10th film from the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' has some brand new cinematic heroes.

Larger-than-life and dangerously explosive, they're so funny that boys and girls will love the film in equal measure.

Larger-than-life and dangerously explosive, they're so funny that boys and girls will love the film in equal measure.

Playing like a futuristic blast from the past, the premise is simple.

Playing like a futuristic blast from the past, the premise is simple.

The fate of 12 billion souls now rests in the hands of a thief, two thugs, a murderer and a maniac. And if these merry misfits don't protect the galaxy, who will? The fate of 12 billion souls now rests in the hands of a thief, two thugs, a murderer and a maniac. And if these merry misfits don't protect the galaxy, who will? Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is an American pilot and interstellar adventurer.

Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is an American pilot and interstellar adventurer.

Raised by thieves after he was abducted from Missouri in the mid-80s, he still dances to the decade's hits on his Sony Walkman.

Raised by thieves after he was abducted from Missouri in the mid-80s, he still dances to the decade's hits on his Sony Walkman.

Desperate to be called Star-Lord by his pals, Quill threatens the future of the whole cosmos when he steals an orb making him a target for nasty Ronan (Lee Pace).

Desperate to be called Star-Lord by his pals, Quill threatens the future of the whole cosmos when he steals an orb making him a target for nasty Ronan (Lee Pace).

To save the day, he'll have to form an uneasy alliance with a bunch of extraterrestrials.

To save the day, he'll have to form an uneasy alliance with a bunch of extraterrestrials.

Zoe Saldana's deadly character Gamora is seeking redemption for previous crimes, with the Avatar actress going from blue skin to Zoe Saldana's deadly character Gamora is seeking redemption for previous crimes, with the Avatar actress going from blue skin to unflattering Guardians' green.

unflattering Guardians' green.

Bradley Cooper voices Rocket, a genetically tampered, trigger-happy, bounty hunting raccoon who has a believably deep relationship with a walking humanoid tree called Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel.

Bradley Cooper voices Rocket, a genetically tampered, trigger-happy, bounty hunting raccoon who has a believably deep relationship with a walking humanoid tree called Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel.

Throw in muscle man Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bausista), Throw in muscle man Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bausista), out to avenge the death of his family by Ronan, and the result is the kind of blockbuster that summer holidays were invented for.

out to avenge the death of his family by Ronan, and the result is the kind of blockbuster that summer holidays were invented for.

Directed and co-written by Peter Gunn (Super) and shot by Britain's own Ben Davis (Layer Cake/Kick-Ass), some of the effects are so gorgeously cheesy and the script so witty Directed and co-written by Peter Gunn (Super) and shot by Britain's own Ben Davis (Layer Cake/Kick-Ass), some of the effects are so gorgeously cheesy and the script so witty that the film simply rides along.

that the film simply rides along.

The wider cast includes Djimon Hounsou (Korath), John C Reilly (Rhomann Dey), Glenn Close (Nova Prime Irani Rael) and Benicio Del Torro (Taneleer Tivan/The Collector) and there's a fine string of Kevin Bacon gags.

The wider cast includes Djimon Hounsou (Korath), John C Reilly (Rhomann Dey), Glenn Close (Nova Prime Irani Rael) and Benicio Del Torro (Taneleer Tivan/The Collector) and there's a fine string of Kevin Bacon gags.

Powered by a mixture of Powered by a mixture of classic hits and a stirring score by Tyler Bates (Watchmen), Guardians rarely pauses for breath.

classic hits and a stirring score by Tyler Bates (Watchmen), Guardians rarely pauses for breath.

It has the timeless spirit of Back To The Future and Raiders of the Lost Ark infused with a gargantuan sense of galactic fun we haven't seen since Men in Black and the overlooked Galaxy Quest.

It has the timeless spirit of Back To The Future and Raiders of the Lost Ark infused with a gargantuan sense of galactic fun we haven't seen since Men in Black and the overlooked Galaxy Quest.

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| Gamora (Zoe Saldana) | Gamora (Zoe Saldana)

| Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) | Peter Quill (Chris Pratt)

| Gamora and Peter Quill with the precious orb, above | Gamora and Peter Quill with the precious orb, above

| Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) | Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper)

| Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista) | Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista)

| Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) | Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel)

| American pilot and interstellar adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) | American pilot and interstellar adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt)
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