Director: James Gunn
Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Vin Diesel, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro
Fact: No film this summer could even touch Guardians of the Galaxy. You're witnessing a rare breed of summer blockbuster, one unanimously loved by critics and audiences alike. Hell, it's difficult to even pinpoint anything to dislike about it. It playfully teases nostalgia with its retro soundtrack, charms audiences with its sharp, witty dialogue—delivered by a ragtag team of outcast heroes you can actually identify with—and refreshingly redefines the meaning of superhero. You don't need Captain America's beefcake arms to save the world; you can be a monosyllabic tree with an enormous amount of empathy and still do the job.
Not to mention, it's the perfect introduction to Hollywood's male Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt. And no one doesn't like JLaw. Actually, scrap that, we're calling it here: Guardians of the Galaxy is the Jennifer Lawrence of superhero movies. —Tara Aquino