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…

Conviction (♦♦♦)

Betty Ann Waters (Hilary Swank) was a high school drop-out waitress, who got her GED and put herself through law school to represent her brother Kenneth (Sam Rockwell) in an appeal for the crime he had been wrongfully convicted of. Through 18 years, Betty Ann never stopped believing in her brother’s innocence, and she finally obtained his absolution with the aid of modern science (DNA testing).

The movie has its moments, but the acting isn’t great. Despite being based on a true story, Hollywood has explored and exploited the topic so much that there’s nothing new to say; only the characters are different.