"The Sisters Brothers" spins a unique Western yarn                "Colette" is another period piece showcase for Kiera Knightley                John C. Reilly looks like a late breaking Academy Award player in the Trailer for "Stan & Ollie"                Brie Larson saves the day in the First Trailer for "Captain Marvel"                The Toronto International Film Festival boosts "Green Book" with its Top Prize                Updated Academy Award predictions for early September                "White Boy Rick" is a compelling character study and period piece                Taking a look at potential Best Supporting Actress contenders                Shane Black gives "The Predator" his signature clever spin                Venice Film Festival award winners include "The Favourite" and "Roma"                Taking a look at potential Best Supporting Actor contenders                Watch out for Ben Foster in Best Supporting Actor for "Leave No Trace"                "The Favourite" releases a new Trailer to build off of its positive festival buzz                "All About Nina" and "Fahrenheit 11/9": Films to look forward to in September                Trailer for "The Front Runner" and Buzz from Telluride suggest another Oscar player for Jason Reitman        

Spotlight on the Stars: Chris Pratt

HOLLYWOOD HEROES™: There’s always something nice about seeing an actor transform into an A-lister over time. That’s especially the case when they’ve already made a name for themselves in another form of Hollywood. In the case of Chris Pratt, he went from being an ace comedic actor, especially in supporting roles, to now being one of the industry’s top leading men. He currently leads two gigantic franchises (more on that below), with another growing into one, and designs on more. In many ways, Pratt is an unlikely megastar. At the same time though, he’s evidence of charisma and hard work going a long way. Almost everyone in Hollywood is talented. It takes an X factor to get to the top. Pratt has that in spades, and deserves this success. As such, he’s a great candidate for the Spotlight series, especially with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hitting this week, so that’s what we’re doing today…

Having already made a nice little career in smaller parts, in diverse fare ranging from 10 Years, Delivery Man, The Five Year Engagement, Moneyball, and Zero Dark Thirty, not to mention starring in television in Parks and Recreation, Pratt then made a giant leap. Getting cast as the lead in Guardians of the Galaxy made him the next big thing, which he also parlayed into another franchise with Jurassic World. He followed with more serious turns in the remake of The Magnificent Seven and Passengers, showcasing some strong range. Already, he’s demonstrated more range than many realized. That’s going to serve him well in the years to come.

The thing that sets him apart is that he really does radiate a nice guy mentality. That’s nothing to sneeze at either, as it helps give him an inherent likability that does some extra character work. We’ve grown to love Peter Quill in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise (not to mention in Avengers: Infinity War), but it was a great start casting Pratt. The same goes for his Owen Grady in Jurassic World, as well as the soon to hit sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. With less set up for his part, Pratt being in it helps make him work.

Pratt is currently a franchise guy, as hinted at above. He’s made two Guardians of the Galaxy films, an Avengers sequel, with (probably) another to come, not to mention potentially another Guardians sequel. Then, there’s the two Jurassic World films, with another on the way. Plus, he’s got The LEGO Movie, its upcoming sequel The LEGO Movie: The Second Part. Throw all that into the mix and he’s a Hollywood powerhouse, and that doesn’t even include his in development project Cowboy Ninja Viking, which would be a whole other franchise for him to dominate screens with. All this from a charming actor who initially was comic relief.

Here are Pratt’s ten best performances to date:

10. Her
9. The Five Year Engagement
8. Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2
7. The LEGO Movie
6. Avengers: Infinity War
5. Zero Dark Thirty
4. Guardians of the Galaxy
3. Passengers
2. Moneyball
1. 10 Years

Honorable Mention: Delivery Man, Jurassic World, and The Magnificent Seven

All told, Pratt is a very unique A-lister, but you really won’t meet a more deserving one in Hollywood. He’s set to have another mega hit in a few days with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. By the time you read this, I’ll be sitting down to view the flick, so look for a piece on that tomorrow. In the meantime, just consider Pratt’s stardom for a bit. He’s a huge star, but still feels like someone coming into his own in the business. At this rate, in a few years we won’t just be talking about him as a star, but likely as an Oscar contender as well. He’s got the goods, that’s for sure…

Be sure to check out Pratt in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, in theaters this weekend!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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