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…

Source Code (♦♦♦½)

This is the latest movie in a string of recent releases dealing with metaphysical topics such as Inception, The Adjustment Bureau, Sucker Punch and now Source Code.

Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs) has been given 8 minutes to access, with another man’s identity, a passenger train in Chicago, which is about to explode. In that lapse of time Stevens is expected to pinpoint the perpetrator and find the bomb. The finding of the author will allow authorities to stop other terrorist attacks from happening in downtown Chicago that same morning. With each recurring session without the desired results, Captain Stevens has more questions such as why he sees another man’s face when he looks into the mirror.

Captain Goodwin (Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air) is in charge of the sessions, and has to deal with the pressure of explaining why Captain Stevens only has 8 minutes every time he returns to the train scene. Michelle Monaghan (Gone Baby Gone) co-stars as Christina, a woman Stevens meets in the train and is fixed on saving.

This movie is as dynamic as the fast speed train it is based on. The spectator has the same questions that Captain Stevens does and one finds out the answers as the film progresses. It seems one might be able to anticipate what happens next, but the movie throws quite a few curveballs.

Good movie. Don’t miss it!