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

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…

Secretariat (♦♦♦♦)

When her mother dies unexpectedly, Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) has to go to her family farm and take care of the horse breeding family business. Penny’s brother favors selling the farm, but Penny bets her housewife reputation on her horse nicknamed Secretariat, which becomes the 1973 Triple Crown winner, the first horse to achieve that feat in more than 25 years.

This is a great family movie: safe topic and even safer use of language. Despite having a predictable ending, it gets your adrenaline pumping as only sports can do. It’s nice to know that you’ve been offered eight million dollars and after declining the offer being proved right.