Snapshots - #42: Thor: Ragnarok, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, LBJ

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017), (♦♦♦♦½): Thor has saved earth twice by now and has, for the last two years, wandered the universe searching for infinity stones. He hasn't found any. He has, however, become prisoner of an enemy of Asgard, Surtur, who tells Thor that his visions of Asgard engulfed in flames is a premonition of Ragnarok—the destruction of Asgard, which is already in motion. Thor frees himself and arrives at home to find Loki sitting on the throne, passing as Odin, and neglecting his duties to protect the Nine Realms. With Odin's exile, Asgard's enemies have been reassembling, but Odin's death may just free Hela, a goddess against whom neither Thor nor Loki are enough.
It was in Thor: The Dark World where Loki, an antagonist, first threatened to steal the show. He became the villain that Marvel fandom loves to hate. While Loki is at his most charming in this film, the director, with the help of a sparkling screenplay, has very much exploited the great chemistry of t…

The Other Woman (Love and Other Impossible Pursuits) (♦♦♦♦♦)

Natalie Portman delivers another searing performance as Emilia, a Manhattan attorney who has an affair with married lawyer Jack Woolf. Jack’s marriage crumbles under his affair with Emilia, and given that she is pregnant with his child, they get married. Then, tragedy strikes…Emilia’s loved ones know that she deeply cares about them and that she is reeling with despair, but she keeps saying hurtful words to them, not releasing her pain but keeping it inside. Then, she makes a stunning revelation to her husband and their marriage seems doomed. Emilia’s opportunity to forgive herself and others, come in the form of people she never expected.

This movie made me cry, softly, but surely. Natalie Portman shines again and is truly convincing as the woman who is falling apart by her pain and guilt. This film doesn’t have the depth of “Black Swan”, nonetheless it is another jewel.

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