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Guardians of the Galaxy: a movie review (SPOILER ALERT)

Chris Pratt (C) as Peter Quill walks down a corridor on a spaceship with the other guardians, Zoe Saldana as Gamora (L), genetically-engineered raccoon named Rocket, tree-like humanoid named Groot and Dave Bautista as Drax (Credit: Marvel Studios)SPOILER ALERT: this review describes and analyzes the most significant plot twist in the movie.

Guardians of the Galaxy had the best August launch of any movie in history.  The film opened to a record-breaking $94 million in North America, and took in another $66.4 million overseas.  The sequel has already been announced, and is scheduled for release on July 28, 2017.

The movie is based on Marvel's comic-book series that premiered in 1969 and was updated in 2008.  Peter Quill (also known as Star-Lord), the central hero, does battle with arch-villain Ronan.  Both want the Infinity Stone, which has such power that it destroys nearly everything it touches.  Quill is joined by Gamora (the female lead), a tree-like humanoid named Groot, a genetically-engineered raccoon named Rocket, and a warrior named Drax the Destroyer.  Together, they become the "guardians of the galaxy."

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Edge of Tomorrow: a movie review

'Tom Cruise, in a scene from the new Warner Brothers movie Edge of Tomorrow, as Major William Cage reawakening at Heathrow airport after a reset (Credit: Warner Brothers)Variety calls Edge of Tomorrow "a cleverly crafted and propulsively executed sci-fi thriller."  Directed by Doug Liman (made famous by his 2002 The Bourne Identity), the film stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, with Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson in supporting roles.

Without giving away too much of the plot, I can tell you that an alien species called Mimics have invaded Earth.  They are controlled by a single entity called the Omega, which possesses the ability to reset time.  As a result, it knows everything that has happened and can repeat days to its advantage, making it an unbeatable adversary.

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View from the Top: a book review

'View From the Top: An Inside Look at How People in Power See and Shape the World' by Michael Lindsay (Credit: Wiley Publishing) "Never before has confidence in society's leaders been so low, and the challenges we face so great."  So states Michael Lindsay, author of View from the Top: An inside look at how people in power see and shape the world.  How, then, are leaders to succeed in today's conflicted culture?

Dr. Lindsay, Ph.D., is president of Gordon College in suburban Boston and my dear friend.  He is one of the most brilliant men I've ever known—a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Baylor University with graduate degrees in theology from Princeton and Oxford and a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton.  His previous book, Faith in the Halls of Power, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  His work has been profiled by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN and Fox News Channel.

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