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Review: Thor: Ragnarok

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Review: Thor: Ragnarok

Well, it’s been about four months so it’s time for Marvel Studios to release another movie. This time Thor is back for his third solo feature film: Thor: Ragnarok. Directed by Taika Waititi once again staring Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, it’s another super action, over-the-top comic book movie with all the right moving parts to make one epic ride of pure fun.

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Review: Ghostbusters

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Review: Ghostbusters

There hasn’t been a movie in a while that caused more controversy over nothing than the new Ghostbusters. The who, what, why and hows of the announcement made headlines around the world. Well the movie has been released and we finally get to see what all the drama was about. And guess what? It was over nothing. This new version of Ghostbusters is fun, hilarious, and a great addition to an already loved franchise.

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Movie Issues: Vacation

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Movie Issues: Vacation

As the summer keeps pushing along, and the big summer movies are coming to a close, one could start to wonder, “Where is our unnecessary remake to an 80’s classic?” Well, not to fear, because here it is. This year’s unneeded remake/reboot/sequel would be Vacation. The continuation of the Griswold’s turbulent family vacation drama, where anything and everything that can go wrong, does. The franchise started in 1983 when Clark (Chevy Chase) attempted to take his family on a cross-country trip to Wally World. This led us to four outrageous comedies showing us that family trips are never what we imagine.

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Movie Issues: Blackhat

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Movie Issues: Blackhat

Michael Mann, acclaimed director of Heat, The Insider and Collateral, is starting 2015 off with his new cyber-thriller, Blackhat. The American and Chinese agencies work together to capture a cyber criminal who seems unmotivated by politics or finance, as he seeks to cripple the international banking network. With the help of convict Nicholas Hathaway, Chris Hemsworth, the authorities pursue the mysterious figure across the world, hoping to stop him before his real plan happens. What sounds like a good action flick, ends up being an over two-hour revenge flick that is so boring, you long for death.

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Movie Issues: Thor: The Dark World

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Movie Issues: Thor: The Dark World

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is back again, and this time they’re bringing Thor into his second solo adventure: Thor: The Dark World, directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, The Sopranos) and staring Chris Hemsworth as the titular hero, along with his scheming demigod half-brother Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. Bringing back the entire cast from part one, they all join Thor in this new tale as he tries the stop the Dark Elves from destroying the universe. All this combines into one hell of a great movie that is thrilling, funny, action-packed, and one of the most entertaining movies of the year.

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Review: RUSH

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Review: RUSH

Whenever the name Ron Howard is mentioned, two things usually come up: Richie Cunningham and Apollo 13. Something that may not be mentioned in the same sentence is Formula One Racing. Opening in wide release after receiving critic’s praise is Rush, based on the real life rivalry between racers James Hunt (Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Bruhl) that nearly ended in horrific tragedy before the finish line.

Although the film is based on reality, F1 fans will enjoy both the race scenes and the legendary rivalry played out on the screen. This is a film that can be enjoyed by all. Howard once again achieves the same insight and realism of man’s will and determination that he captured in Apollo 13 in this story about two men, born to be champions, who met on the race track.

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First Trailer for Thor: The Dark World

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First Trailer for Thor: The Dark World

The Mighty Mjolnir has returned and with it a new trailer for Thor: The Dark World.  Marking the return of Thor, Thor 2 picks up after the events that  Avengers leaves off from and finds Asgard and Midgard once again in danger, but this time from an enemy that is older than the universe itself.  Led by the vengeful leader Malekith (Eccleston), an army is amassing that threatens to overthrow the order of the Nine Realms and will push Thor to his limits while forcing him to make the toughest decision of his life.  Featuring the return of Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Sir Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Jamie Alexander (Lady Sif), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg), and Idris Elba (Hemidal) Thor: The Dark World comes out November 8, 2013.

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Comic Issues Presents: Thor – Review

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Comic Issues Presents: Thor – Review

Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing an advanced screening of the Marvel Comics latest hero-turned Hollywood movie, Thor. In following the successful Iron Man franchise, and the soon to be released Captain America and Avengers movie, Marvel seems to be getting their continuity together for a very good set of films, which is a nice change of pace being that Marvel hasn’t been able to do the same for their latest books to save their lives. Perhaps Marvel needs to brake down and have a “Crisis.” That however, is not what this is about–this is about The Mighty Thor. Thankfully, here Marvel has another strong film on their hands. “Thor” is everything you’ve come to expect from a Marvel movie; it’s fun, action-packed, epic and widely accessible to comic fans and non-comic fans alike. As with all Marvel films to date, you should stay to the very end. Yes, suffer though the horrible Foo Fighters song–trust me, it’s worth it!

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I am certain no two people in the theatre were more ignorant of the Marvel comic title Thor than my companion and I. We gamely let the film unfold before us with zero preconceptions and (to be honest) pretty low expectations. The fans around is seemed to feel pretty good about it as a whole, and we both found it entertaining and pretty well self-contained.

The story takes place in two worlds: ours, and the far-off realm of Asgard, where the personages of Thor (Chris Hemsworth(, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Frigga (Rene Russo), and Heimdall (Idris Elba) live. The presence of these space gods in our Norse folklore is explained as long-ago visits to Earth where their advanced science seemed magical. Naturally, back in New Mexico, we have Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd as a Swede who knows the stories, though a children’s book is still needed to explain the extra bits.

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