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Movies opening this weekend - Aug. 1
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Zoe Saldana, left, stars as Gamora and Chris Pratt as Peter Quill - aka Star-Lord - in Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Studios "Guardians of the Galaxy."
Pratt, Saldana, Diesel star in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

Guardians of the Galaxy
Genre: Action and adventure
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro
Director: James Gunn
Rated: PG-13

From Marvel, the studio that introduced the global blockbuster franchises of "Iron Man," "Thor," "Captain America" and "The Avengers," comes a new team: the Guardians of the Galaxy.

An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.

To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits - Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand ... with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

Get on Up
Genre: Drama and musical
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd
Director: Tate Taylor
Rated: PG-13

In his follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated blockbuster "The Help," Tate Taylor directs Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in "Get on Up."

Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.

War Story
Genre: Drama
Cast: Catherine Keener, Ben Kingsley and Hafsia Herzi
Director: Mark Jackson
Not rated

Lee (Catherine Keener) is a war photographer who has spent her adult life in the world's most treacherous conflict zones, documenting the catastrophes of others.

As the film opens, she has recently experienced her own horror after being taken hostage and brutalized in Libya. Instead of returning to New York where her concerned colleagues and loved ones anxiously await her, Lee detours to Sicily instead, where she holes up in a small hotel to weather her PTSD on her own terms, not far from the home of her former lover and mentor Albert (Ben Kingsley).

As Lee struggles to recover from her psychic and physical wounds, she crosses paths with Hafsia (Hafsia Herzi), a young Tunisian migrant in need of an abortion and safe passage to France, who bears a striking resemblance to a Libyan girl Lee photographed just before her capture. Desperate to connect, Lee tries to help Hafsia, and conquer her own formidable demons in the process.

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero
Genre: Horror and thriller
Cast: Ryan Donowho, Brando Eaton, Jillian Murray, Mitch Ryan, Lydia Hearst and Sean Astin
Director: Kaare Andrews
Not rated

A flesh eating virus spreads throughout a cruise ship in the Caribbean after it crashes into an abandoned scientific research boat.

Passengers must find a way to survive before the flesh eating disease consumes them all.

Calvary
Genre: Comedy and drama
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze, Domhnall Gleeson, David Wilmot, Pat Shortt, Gary Lydon, Killian Scott, Orla O'Rourke, Owen Sharpe and David McSavage
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Rated: R

In "Calvary," Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish.

Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral - and often comic - problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.
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