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Movie Review: Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok
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Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok
Director: Taika Waititi
Screenwriter: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG-13 | 130 Minutes
Release Date: November 5, 2017

Though the Marvel’s Thor franchise has long been considered one of the weakest franchises in the MCU, it is by far the funniest. It never took itself too seriously, as it should considering this is a superhero film dealing with an Asgardian god trying to navigate through human customs and cultures. And perhaps its strength is also its greatest weakness. But its success spawned not only multiple sequels, but Thor’s inclusion in other films like the Avengers and Doctor Strange. So while we know what to expect from a Thor film, it finally took two of them to fully realize what it should have fully embraced.

Taika Waititi‘s Thor: Ragnarok is a fantastic Thor flick from start to finish. Full of humor and action, it is true sequel to the first film by recognizing that it is a Thor film, while being tons of fun, whimsical, humorous, and then some. In a lot of ways, the film is a reinvention of the franchise, using its heavy metal look to give the character a surprising (and in some cases) a much-needed facelift. It can be a bit flawed thanks in part to the threads that are forced to connect itself to the MCU. But since that will always be an element in play for all these films, it doesn’t take away from the fun of it. My full review below.

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Movie Review: The Snowman
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Michael Fassbender The Snowman trailer

The Snowman
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Screenwriter: Hossein Amini, Peter Straughan
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer, Toby Jones, David Dencik, James D’Arcy, J.K. Simmons
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Rated R | 119 Minutes
Release Date: October 20, 2017

A good mystery thriller has us on the edge of our seats and has us convinced we know who the criminal is at some point in the movie only to realize it wasn’t who we thought it was. It builds upon itself with great characters giving more than terrific performances. And it has a story that keeps us engaged for the entire duration.

But Tomas Alfredson‘s adaptation of Jo Nesbø‘s The Snowman is anything but the aforementioned qualities. It is sporadic, horribly paced, and lacks any sort of structure. Instead, we are given a fairly predictable film that feels like it was just piled on top of each other trying to pass itself off as a decent movie. My full review below.

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Trailer For Documentary About Jim Carrey As Andy Kaufman In ‘Man On The Moon’ Released
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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

When it comes to the best performances of Jim Carrey‘s career, most would argue his best work was done in either Man on the Moon or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and maybe even The Truman Show for some.

Netflix has released a trailer for a new documentary about one of these performances, titled Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond. The movie features never before seen behind the scenes footage of Carrey on the set of Man on the Moon, in which he played his idol Andy Kaufman and often stayed in character even when not filming.

Continue below to check it out.

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Tessa Thompson On Valkyrie In ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and All-Female Superhero Movie
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While Marvel Studios has paved the way for strong heroines, they still are way behind in getting a female superhero standalone film out. So as fans anxiously await the arrival of Captain Marvel, many other female superheroes are making a case for their own standalone feature and even an all-female Avengers-type film.

Case in point, Tessa Thompson who plays Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok. As Valkyrie, she is a strong fearless warrior who proves to be more than a match for Thor. But she hides a few battle scars that she received from an encounter with Hela (Cate Blanchett).

We were recently invited to sit down with our fellow journalists to talk to the cast of Thor: Ragnarok, where Thompson talked about her role in the film, her response to some of the changes to Valkyrie, and how she rallied her fellow female superheroes and asked Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige for an all-female superhero film. More on the story below.

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‘Bright’ Featurette: New Look At Netflix’s Orcs, Elves, and Humans Movie
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Netflix's Bright

Netflix has released a new inside look featurette for Bright, their upcoming original movie directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch) and starring Will Smith (Bad Boys, Men in Black) and Joel Edgerton (Black Mass, Warrior).

The movie is set in an alternate present day Los Angeles, where humans co-exist with fantastical creatures like orcs, elves, and fairies. You can read a little bit more about the movie and check out the new featurette below.

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Watch: Trailer For Western ‘The Ballad Of Lefty Brown’
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The Ballad of Lefty Brown

It’s one of those exciting times to be alive if you’re a big fan of anything involving the old west.

Just this week we saw a teaser for an upcoming Netflix limited series titled Godless. Before that was a trailer for the Christian Bale western Hostiles, and the announcement of a Netflix anthology series from none other than the Coen brothers titled The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs. And of course, how could anyone forget the long-awaited video game sequel to Red Dead Redemption coming soon.

Now you can add one more to that list, The Ballad of Lefty Brown. A24 has released a new trailer for the movie, which follows Bill Pullman as a man who witnesses the murder of his longtime partner and sets off on a quest to avenge him. You can read more about The Ballad of Lefty Brown and watch the trailer below.

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‘Coco’: New Clip, TV Spot, and Featurette For Latest Pixar Movie Released
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Pixar's Coco

Disney•Pixar has released some new previews for their upcoming animated feature Coco.

These include a clip titled “Mariachi Plaza,” a TV spot titled “Every Pixar World,” and a featurette titled “Crafting Coco.” You can find more information on the movie and watch the videos below.

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Hulu Comings and Goings: What’s New and What’s Leaving In November 2017
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For those of you who do your entertainment streaming on Hulu, whether it be responsibly in moderation or recklessly in full-on binge watching sessions, there’s plenty of TV shows and movies arriving and departing each month to keep track of.

The titles set to arrive on and depart from the streaming service next month have been revealed, and you can find both lists in the Hulu Comings and Goings for November 2017 below.

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Han Solo Standalone Film Now Called ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
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Solo: A Star Wars Story

These Star Wars spinoffs are a part of the larger universe and are meant to tell stories that aren’t about the core saga. We saw a little bit of that in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and we will see that once more in the Han Solo standalone film, which has been going by that non-title since the beginning of production and well after Ron Howard came in to direct the film.

But now the film has got an official title. So prepare yourselves, because come May 2018, we will see Solo: A Star Wars Story. More on the this below.

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Contest: Prize Pack For ‘The Snowman’ Starring Michael Fassbender
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The Snowman contest prizes

In conjunction with the release of The Snowman, the upcoming thriller starring Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson, we’re giving away a themed prize pack to one lucky winner!

One (1) Winner will receive:

(1) Limited Edition Snowman Plush Doll
(1) The Snowman Official Promo Shirt
(1) Replica Snowman Killer Letter

TO ENTER: There’s just two simple steps:

(1) Subscribe* to Geeks of Doom Daily Email Digest.

(2) Fill out the entry form here below and submit. (Form is here after the jump.)

Good luck!
 

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