Tag Archives: Chris Hemsworth

Ghostbusters (2016) review — A Familiar Scare

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Directed by Paul Feig | Written Feig, Katie Dippold, based on Ghostbusters (1984), written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis | 116 min | ▲▲▲△△ I always enjoyed the original Ghostbusters when it showed up on TV. For years it was inescapable, and as a result has become one of those universally beloved films from the… Read More

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One review

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This summer Phase Two of Marvel's cinematic universe will conclude with Avengers: Age of Ultron and Antman. It's the second part of an increasingly sprawling series of connected films. The first began back in May 2008 with Iron Man, bringing to the world a host of Marvel superheroes as a kid I never would have dreamed I'd get to… Read More

Blackhat review — Sometimes clicks, often just spins

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Directed by Michael Mann, written by Morgan David Foehl I like Michael Mann as much as the next guy, unless the next guy is Christopher Nolan, who owes much of his aesthetic to Mann's high-tech, violent, largely nocturnal urban thrillers—including Thief, Manhunter, Heat, Collateral, and Miami Vice—set on gorgeously shot neon- and automatic gunfire-lit streets against throbbing, haunting… Read More

Thor: The Dark World review

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Directed by Alan Taylor Screenplay by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, and Stephen McFeely Story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat From the Marvel Comic by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby Hard to believe this is the eighth big-budget entertainment in this daisy-chain of Marvel movies, going back to Iron Man in 2008. They're really… Read More

Rush review

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Directed by Ron HowardWritten by Peter MorganThere aren't a lot of great motor racing movies. Um, scratch that. There aren't any. Grand Prix? It's over-long and hasn't aged well. Le Mans? Other than Steve McQueen, it doesn't have much to recommend it. Days of Thunder? They tried to redo Top Gun in NASCAR and the best… Read More

The Avengers review

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Directed by Joss Whedon Written by Whedon and Zak Penn From the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby I'm at a bit of a loss to describe the scale of this thing, this Avengers movie. It's been in the works for some time, going back to Iron Man and Hulk in 2008.… Read More

Thor review

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Directed by Kenneth Branagh Screenplay by Ashley Miller, Zach Stentz and Don Payne, story by Michael J. Straczynski and Mark Protosevich I've always enjoyed the first weekend in May, when Hollywood traditionally launches its summer blockbuster season. The LA dream-factory does its best to hit the ground running, as it did back on May 2,… Read More