It's two steps forward and one step back for the custodians of the Marvel Universe. If The Avengers took a rudimentary storyline -- bad guy wants to rule the universe -- and created something fleet, exciting, and witty, Thor: The Dark World takes the same outline -- with Chris Hemsworth as the hammer swinging god going up against a universe-destroying Christopher Eccleston - and pretty much stops there. With some nice production design, good special effects, and Tom Hiddleston once again giving the proceedings a much-needed shot in the arm as the sardonic Loki, the film is a serviceable example of the superhero movie, but not much more.
Cinefantastique Online's Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French and I sit down to discuss the film, spotlighting the stuff that makes it stand out, for good or ill. Then, I give my capsule thoughts on the Lynchian, dark coming-of-age fantasy, Animals, and Steve talks about the career-spanning documentary, Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan. Plus: What's coming to theaters this weekend.
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