Director: Taika Waititi.
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo. USA 2017. 130 mins.
The latest adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins with Thor (Hemsworth) in an almighty intergalactic pickle. He’s broken his hammer, he’s stuck in prison on the far side of the universe, and the goddess of death, Hela (Blanchett), is about to unleash Ragnarok, the annihilation of Asgardian civilisation. Not cool. The problems don’t stop there, either: to get home in time, Thor must win a gladiatorial duel against fellow Avenger and “friend from work”, the Hulk (Ruffalo). Director Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt For The Wilderpeople) has been given ample creative freedom for his MCU debut, so audiences can expect plenty of laughs to go with the action. As Thor’s mischievous adopted brother Loki (Hiddleston) puts it: “This will be such fun.”
Director: Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles. 2017. USA. 103 mins.
Dina’s getting married in a few weeks and there’s still so much to do. She has to move her boyfriend, Scott, from his parents’ house to her apartment, and settle him in to only the second home he’s ever had, all while juggling his schedule as an early morning Walmart door greeter. She has to get her dress, confirm arrangements with the venue, and make peace with her family, who remain nervous for their beloved Dina after the death of her first husband and the string of troubled relationships that followed. Throughout it all, in the face of obstacles large and small, Dina remains indomitable. She’s overcome tragedy and found the man she wants and, at age 48, is bent on building the life for herself that she believes she deserves. Dina is unstoppable, a force of nature, and as the star of her own life story, she’s an unconventional movie protagonist the likes of which hasn’t been seen before.