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Wednesday, October 17 2012

'Thor' Reconsidered As Both Vital and Dangerous for Marvel Studios

With the end The Mighty Thor, perhaps now's the perfect time to reconsider Kenneth Branagh's critical box office success as a metaphor for the challenges facing the upcoming Thor: God of Thunder.

Monday, May 23 2011

If Ye Be Worthy: Thor and Identity and Idris Elba

What's really behind the Council of Conservative Citizens' call to boycott Kenneth Branagh's Thor? It couldn't be so obvious a matter as Idris Elba's race. Could it?

Wednesday, May 4 2011

I'm Starting to Root for This Guy: Branagh's 'Thor' As Rachmaninov's Second

Kenneth Branagh's Thor really is Hamlet. Larger than life, but withdrawn and meditative. It's Joseph Conrad to the kind of immersive action hero trope that has spawned thousands of Chuck Norris jokes.

Sunday, May 1 2011

Summer Movie Preview: May 2011

This month, the God of Thunder, the return of Captain Jack Sparrow, and the continuing adventures of the bachelor partying Wolf Pack mark the start of the Summer season.


Wednesday, September 14 2011

'Thor': A Slice of Lukewarm Asgard Pie

Thor was never the strongest comic book character in my book, but he's weakened in this adaptation that deviates so far from the original story that any possible storytelling nuances are stripped away.

Thursday, May 5 2011

'Thor' Is a Then and Now Mishmash

Alas, Jane's response to Thor is one of the movie's many shortcuts, a series of winks and nods that assumes viewers' eager complicity in this not-so-clever mishmashing of then and now.


Monday, May 9 2011

'Thor' Spot

One of the biggest issues a comic book movie adaptation has to overcome is staying/not staying "true" to the source. However, when there are multiple configurations of same, such creative reverence becomes harder and harder.

Wednesday, May 4 2011

Sound and Fury: 'Thor'

When it's required to be serious, it stays somber. When it has to explode across the screen, Thor soars.


Monday, May 9 2011

'Thor' is a super box-office hero

LOS ANGELES — "Thor," the first in a line of four superhero films to be released this summer, banged into theaters this weekend and enjoyed a

Tuesday, May 3 2011

Taking a ripping adventure with Thor

SANTA FE, N.M. — The day's light was fading, but the cast and crew of "Thor" were making good headway on a battle scene — a

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