Chris Hemsworth

All brawn and little brain, but still…all brawn, glorious BRAWN!

Thor readies himself for action.

Thor readies himself for action.

Kenneth Branagh, who directed the first Thor movie, stepped down from the director’s chair and left it to Alan Taylor, who has quite the resume — including credits directing episodes of Game of Thrones, Mad Men, and The Sopranos.  Thor: The Dark World is therefore very well directed; the action scenes are easy to follow and filled to the brim with marvelous visuals.  There’s nothing technically problematic about Thor: The Dark World, either.  All the pieces fall into place to create a very fun superhero tale.  But what’s missing is that extra uniqueness that made Thor a surprising success.  Chris Hemsworth as Thor was definitely part of that box office attraction, but, in my opinion, Branagh’s handling of Shakespearean themes (familial betrayals and royal tensions) helped Thor really separate itself from the rest of the superhero fare.  Thor: The Dark World lacks that maturity.  Instead, this film relies on explosive adventure and playful Whedon-esque humor to carry the full load.  It succeeds at the blockbuster surface level, but it fails to carry over its predecessor’s dramatic character arcs (except for Loki – -as always… damn, Tom Hiddleston is good.)

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Film Review: Rush

by Chad Liffmann on September 30, 2013

Rush is a fantastic, tense drama, and character driven.

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl revving their dramatic chops

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl revving their dramatic chops

I don’t care for racing.  It doesn’t interest me and I think the culture surrounding it is silly and uninviting.  That being said, if I were forced at gunpoint to choose a type of car racing to watch, it would be Formula 1 racing.  There’s a dynamic of risk and impending disaster, along with more beautiful environments, in Formula 1 racing.  Rush, the new movie from director Ron Howard about a 1970′s rivalry in Formula 1 racing, is not only a great racing movie and a great sports movie, but a great drama.  Spearheaded by solid direction and terrific performances, Rush also contains all the right pieces fitted together to complete the whole package — impeccable editing, strong writing, and thrilling cinematography.

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Charlize Theron in SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

starring: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Nick Frost, Toby Jones

written by: Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock, Hossein Amini

directed by: Rupert Sanders

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sensuality

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Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson in THE AVENGERS

starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow

written by: Joss Whedon (story and screenplay), Zak Penn (story)

directed by: Joss Whedon

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference

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Chris Hemsworth in THOR

starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Colm Feore

written by: Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Don Payne (screenplay); J. Michael Straczynski, Mark Protosevich (story); Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby (comic book)

directed by: Kenneth Branagh

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence.

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