The quirkiest antiheroes in the universe are back and funnier than ever in "Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2," a sequel that often matches the greatness of the original (if not exceeding it).

The whole crew -- Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voice of Vin Diesel) -- are back, this time to encounter Star-Lord's long-lost father, Ego (Kurt Russell).

While writer-director James Gunn's film gets serious at times as it confronts family issues in and outside of the core group, Bautista and Cooper are laugh-out-loud funny throughout, and easily keep the film from being dragged into the doldrums. "Vol. 2" has it all: Special effects beyond compare, engaging action and most important of all, some big twists to make the film unexpectedly poignant.

Like the first "Guardians" film, "Vol. 2" is loaded with nostalgic songs from the 1970s, which once again sets the perfect tone during the entire picture. Be sure to stick around at the very end, as there are not one, not  two, but five post-credits scenes.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is already in the works, and it can't come soon enough.

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