For millennia Asgard has stood tall, the impenetrable home of the gods. Until now. This November, Asgard will fall.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth, BLACK HAT), god of thunder and mighty Avenger, must team up with his diabolical brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston, KONG: SKULL ISLAND) to return their deposed father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT), to the throne of Asgard.
But when they get lost in the cosmos, their home is left defenseless before the marauding might of Hela (Cate Blanchett, CAROL), goddess of the underworld, who seeks nothing less than the utter destruction of the Norse gods. Thor must battle his way past fellow Avenger the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, YOU CAN COUNT ON ME) in an alien gladiator arena overseen by none other than Jeff Goldblum (JURASSIC PARK) as the Grandmaster. And that’s the easy part.
Directed by Taika Waititi (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS), THOR: RAGNAROK is a rocking and rolling adventure across the spaceways, filled with fun and excitement, and with stakes that are higher than the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever seen before. Heavily influenced by comics legend Jack Kirby, THOR: RAGNAROK is a blast of imagination that will take you from one end of the universe to the other with a huge smile on your face.
London businessman Quan (Jackie Chan) thought he’d put his past behind him, until a terrorist bombing claims the life of his daughter. But push Quan too far, and he’s going to push back.
Seeking revenge, Quan offers government official Hennessy (former 007 Pierce Brosnan) a hefty reward for the names of the bombers. But when the deal is refused, he embarks upon a cat-and-mouse face-off with Hennessy, whose own past may hold the key to the bombers’ identities. What unfolds is FOREIGNER: a propulsive conspiracy thriller with stakes no lower than life, death, and the truth.
Reuniting Brosnan with two-time BOND director Martin Campbell (GOLDENEYE and CASINO ROYALE), FOREIGNER adds all-time action legend Jackie Chan to the mix, guaranteeing the kind of smart, physical action-thriller they don’t make enough of anymore.
The Magic Inn is a cheap motel in Orlando, Florida, and the people who live there are barely hanging on. These folks, well below the poverty line, struggle from day to day just to make ends meet. But THE FLORIDA PROJECT, the latest film from TANGERINE maestro Sean Baker, isn’t a grim wallow in the lives of the poor. It’s a poignant, heartfelt and deeply entertaining celebration of people on the edge, all told from the point of view of a rambunctious 6-year-old girl who views all of life as a big adventure.
Baker’s TANGERINE was a look at the lives of transgender prostitutes in LA, and like THE FLORIDA PROJECT, it was a film bursting with energy and humor. Baker brings his eye for realism and humanity from the City of Angels to the Magic Kingdom, but he doesn’t miss a move - if anything THE FLORIDA PROJECT is a major step forward for one of the most exciting young directors working today. While TANGERINE was shot on an iPhone (and, by the way, looked stunning), THE FLORIDA PROJECT is sumptuous in its 35mm cinematography.
Baker previously worked with non-professional actors, and while he still casts most of THE FLORIDA PROJECT with unknowns and real people, Willem Dafoe is incredible as the gruff manager of the motel, earning Oscar buzz coming out of the film’s Cannes debut. Dafoe is magic working with newcomers like Bria Vinaite, a feisty 22-year-old trying to raise her child with no money, and especially Brooklynn Prince as her daughter, Mooney, who Variety calls “a real find.”
Truthful and wonderful, THE FLORIDA PROJECT is one of this year’s must-see movies.