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…

People Like Us (♦♦♦♦♦)

What happens when a married man has two families at the same time? Sam Harper’s estranged dad, Jerry, dies of cancer and leaves Sam his shaving kit full of $100 bills amounting to $150,000 to be given to Josh Davis, with the petition to “take care of them.”

Sam goes to the address his father provided and finds a young woman who he immediately suspects was his father’s mistress but who turns out to be a sister he didn’t know he had. Sam befriends Frankie and her son Josh without telling them they’re family, but what will Frankie do when she finds out the truth?

This movie is the best of the year thus far. I loved it! It made me cry so deeply. It is extremely well acted, free of profanity and the story will steal your heart.

People Like Us is touching and heartwarming. It explores themes of family dynamics: marital betrayal and trust and the emotional toll of having two families at the same time. The plot is original and very well developed. People Like Us has a robust screenplay and the actors make the most of it with fantastic results.

Chris Pine (Sam Harper), Elizabeth Banks (Frankie Davis), Olivia Wilde (Hannah), Michelle Pfeiffer (Lillian Harper) and Michael Hall D’Addario (Josh Davis) all deliver searing performances.

Overall, People Like Us is the best movie of this year thus far. This film is a winner!