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…

We Bought a Zoo (♦♦♦)

Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon), a widower with two children, is tired of living in the city, going to the same places that remind him so much of his late wife. What to do? Buy a farm in the country, of course! The family falls in love with a house that comes with a big responsibility: a zoo.

This is a feel good family movie, with some fun on the side. Sometimes the actors try too hard to be funny, but the result is a fun time at the theater without profanity or violence. The story is predictable but light and entertaining.

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