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31 July 2014

Marvel at the latest wonder!

The Marvel universe takes a thankfully self-deprecating turn with the enjoyable sci-fi romp Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Nut JobIn the far reaches of space, outlaw Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan (Lee Pace).

In order to escape his clutches, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a group of misfits including Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper).

In The Nut Job, after turning the food shortage in Liberty Park into a crisis, rogue squirrel Surly (voiced by Will Arnett) is banished by the other animals.

But when he sets his greedy eye on a nearby nut shop, Surly must not only compete with his furry former parkmates for the spoils, but dodge a gang of mobsters who are using the joint to stage a robbery of their own.

With Step Up 5: All In, the jitterbugging juggernaut that is the Step Up franchise hits Las Vegas for the fifth instalment of the series.

In Mood Indigo maverick French director Michel Gondry concocts another out-there conceit focussing on a woman (Audrey Tautou) who is diagnosed with an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.

And finally, in A Promise dutiful wife Lotte Hoffmeister (Rebecca Hall) find herself drawn to young steel works engineer Friederich (Richard Madden) when he is brought under the wing of her older, industrialist husband Karl (Alan Rickman).


UK BOX OFFICE TOP TEN

Planet-Of-The-Apes-DISuperior sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has beaten of the muscle-bound challenge of Dwayne Johnson's Hercules at the box office.

The Rock's enjoyable take on the Greek legend could only ascend to the numbet two spot as the apes maintained their pre-eminence at the top of the tree.

The second new entry was the horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy at number three while E.T-a-like Earth To Echo was the third fresh arrival at number six.

1     Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
2     Hercules (new)
3     The Purge: Anarchy (new)
4     How To Train Your Dragon 2
5    Transformers: Age of Extinction
6     Earth to Echo (new)
7     Boyhood  
8     Kick (new)
9     Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie
10   The House of Magic (new)

Chart updated 24/7/14