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Good fun is now a key plot point
Good fun is now a key plot point

"Storytelling," Hanna Arendt once wrote, "reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it." Some American filmmakers, though, may be taking Arendt's dictum a little too much to heart. One of the cinematic sensations of the summer is "Guardians of the Galaxy," James Gunn's romp through futuristic outerspace with a wisecracking raccoon, a speech-challenged tree and Chris Pratt. It is, many feel, one of the few breakouts in a period of duds and disappointments, a bona fide gem worth dropping your other plans for. When I first saw the film on its opening weekend, I found that the boosters had a point—sort of. The film contains a lot...

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