Picture of Beauty (2017) and its stories

Picture of Beauty (2017) and its stories

  Our Picture of Beauty story is set in Eastern Europe before the First World War, a time of change at a crossroads of nations. Stephanie and Julia are close friends in a small village dominated by the church, a naked swim together on a hot summers day ignites passions in both of them. Julia dreams of finding a romantic prince to save her from her unhappy family while Stephanie to experience all life has…

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Thor Ragnarok grants Thor the many buddy comedies he’s always wanted

Thor Ragnarok grants Thor the many buddy comedies he’s always wanted

Thor, played with a familiar twinkle of jovial regality by Chris Hemsworth, spends the first few minutes of Thor Ragnarok in chains, hanging sideways in a straitjacket of iron links. Things do not get easier for him. Like Tony Stark in Iron Man 3, the god of thunder will lose his weapon of choice: that mighty hammer of his, reduced to shards with the flick of the villain’s wrist. He will be stranded on an alien world, pitted…

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THOR RAGNAROK Review: Thor vs. The Hulk

THOR RAGNAROK Review: Thor vs. The Hulk

I wouldn’t have called Chris Hemsworth Marvel’s breakout comedy star when he was first cast as Thor, the almighty Thunder God, but he turned out to be one of the best things about this never-ending mega-franchise. He’s tall, brawny and impossibly handsome, but there’s a self-mocking twinkle in his eye. When Thor turns gung-ho jock mode, Hemsworth’s wry machismo finds the young Sean Connery as James Bond, raising an eyebrow at the corniness surrounding him. When he bumbles…

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Thor Ragnarok – Lighten up another load of Marvel with absolute humor

Thor Ragnarok – Lighten up another load of Marvel with absolute humor

This Thursday night finds the domestic release of Marvel and Walt Disney’s Thor Ragnarok . The well-reviewed film earned a whopping $109 million overseas last week, including $6m in IMAX and a decent occupancy rate for 4DX auditoriums in South Korea (54% occupied), Australia (89%) and Croatia (79%), Domestic opening weekend predictions in North America range anywhere from $95 to $125m, with smart money betting on a nine-digit figure. Thor Ragnarok movie will, of course, be…

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Much-Needed Zaniness and Closure Are Brought to the MCU in Thor Ragnarok

Much-Needed Zaniness and Closure Are Brought to the MCU in Thor Ragnarok

 Just when you thought the MCU was out of surprises, director Taika Waititi and company deliver one of the best superhero movies of the decade- Thor Ragnarok. These days a brand new Marvel can be seen somewhat like a must. Just like a long-running television series you’ve come too far to quite – where later seasons disappoint even as individual episodes are capable of shining – the bulk of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe…

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Thor Ragnarok Is Fully Packed With Good Fun, Guaranteed!

Thor Ragnarok Is Fully Packed With Good Fun, Guaranteed!

None of us has ever doubted in mind that Cate Blanchett would make a kickass comic-book-movie villain, have we? And here she is, in Taika Waititi’s goofily entertaining Thor Ragnarok as Hela, Goddess of Death, styled like a malevolent combination of Catwoman and Cher. (Her outfit nods to the current bare-shoulder fashion trend; apparently goddesses also read Vogue.) She’s been locked away for an eternity, we learn, so she’s understandably cranky — smoothing back her…

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Thor Ragnarok: Going Crazy with the mighty Thunder God

Thor Ragnarok: Going Crazy with the mighty Thunder God

The Thor films have been one distinctive series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They always nailed the relationship between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston), but everything surrounding them—the story, the supporting characters, the tone—was always uneven. It was a series that appeared to capture all the potential in the world, but lacked the direction a character with a clear moral path like Captain America has. Rather than try to find a way to make the…

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Thor Ragnarok shows off its comedy strength

Thor Ragnarok shows off its comedy strength

Marking its impressive ambitious step into comedy, Thor Ragnarok brings up sparks but doesn’t really catch lightning in a bottle. Sporadically fun and visually impressive, this third film works a bit too hard at flexing its laugh muscles, while bogging down in a midsection built around the enticing prospect of Thor versus the Hulk. Part of the problem, to be honest, is that Marvel has done probably too good a job marketing the film, to…

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