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…hammer away

At this point it should come as no surprise that the Marvel Universe has pulled together another great story, yet “Thor: Ragnarok” still seems to be blowing everyone’s minds. Not that I blame them. It is incredibly well told and continues to do a great job of interweaving the ever-growing list of franchises.

Of course, it’s been a good long while since we had a standalone “Thor” movie, which may be hard to believe, mostly because we had “The Avengers,” to get us through, not to mention the constant parade of the (excellent…mostly) Marvel movies in the meantime (eight total…but who’s counting?). Read the rest of this entry

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…transform

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In most ways Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Cinderella” is just as charming (and although it’s sacrilege to say, perhaps even more-so) as the 1950’s animated classic. Director Kenneth Branagh has done a wonderful job making this movie beautiful. There’s not one frame that can’t be described as gorgeous. Read the rest of this entry

…Come to Journey’s End

hobbit_battle_of_the_five_armies“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” picks up exactly where its predecessor (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug“) left off. Which makes it hard to review this film by itself, since it’s a small part of a much bigger story.

That being said, I’ll try my best.

The third installment of Peter Jackson’s epic interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s original children’s book is easily the grandest of the trilogy.

In the course of one film, we make our way back through a journey that it took us the entire length of the previous two films to take, from the Lonely Mountain all the way back to the Shire, albeit with a few extra scars. But not before experiencing a battle between not one, not two (I think you know where this is going), but five armies, and witnessing the takedown of one seriously badass dragon (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch).

To put it simply, a lot happens. Read the rest of this entry

…Take Off

20140620-000308-188715.jpgWhen it comes to animated sequels, the savvy filmgoer has learned to manage their expectations. So, naturally, I went into “How To Train Your Dragon 2” with middle-of-the-road hopes and expectations.

This sequel to the 2010 film, surprises at every dragon-riding turn.  It has all the sweetness and humor of the original, with a little bit more edge and a darker story.

It’s five years since Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his faithful (and adorable) dragon Toothless brought together the Vikings and the dragons in the village of Berk.  No longer landlocked, and with a new-found freedom to explore, the Viking’s world has become a whole lot larger.

During an expedition into uncharted lands, Hiccup discovers a band of dragon catchers, led by the not too bright, and overly confident Eret (Kit Harington).  This encounter serves as a reminder that the larger world comes with its own new and unfamiliar dangers.   Read the rest of this entry