God of Thunder’s third installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok -- the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization -- at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger -- the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) -- and grapple with his silver-tongued adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and the eccentric Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).
Vitals: Director: Taika Waititi. Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 130 min., Fantasy Action Adventure, Box office gross: $313.012 million, Disney.Blu-ray extras: Director’s introduction; deleted/extended scenes; gag reel; exclusive short: "Team Darryl": Fresh off being unseated as the ruler of Sakaar, the Grandmaster makes his way to Earth to start a new life. It’s been over a year since Thor left Australia and Darryl has been struggling to pay his rent. Now Darryl needs a new roommate to help make the monthly payments. Unfortunately for Darryl, the Grandmaster was the only one who answered Darryl’s “Roommate Needed” ad and with no viable options, the Grandmaster moves in; "Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years – The Evolution of Heroes”; "Getting in Touch with Your Inner Thor" featurette; "Unstoppable Women: Hela & Valkyrie"; "Finding Sakaar: On the Edge of the Known and Unknown"; "Journey into Mystery" deep dive story piece with the writers, director and producer Kevin Feige about the inspirations for “Thor: Ragnarok” within the comics; "8bit Scenes – Final Bridge Battle + Sakaar Spaceship Battle" climactic sequences presented in retro video-game format; directors commentary.
The Man Who Invented Christmas
In 1843, the celebrated British novelist Charles Dickens s at a low point in his career, with three flops behind him and his family expenses piling up at home. Determined to recover, Dickens decides to write a Christmas story and self-publish it in less than two months. As Dickens labors writing on such short notice, his estranged father and mother come to bunk with him. Still haunted by painful memories of his father ruining his childhood by his financial irresponsibly, Dickens develops a writer's block that seems to have no solution. As such, Dickens must face his personal demons epitomized through his characters, especially in his imagined conversations with Ebenezer Scrooge. Now with a looming deadline, Dickens struggles for inspiration against his frustrations and his characters' opinions in a literary challenge creating a classic tale that would define the essential soul of modern Christmas.
Vitals: Director: Bharat Nalluri. Stars: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Miriam Margolyes, Simon Callow.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 104 min., Bio=Drama, Comedy, Box office gross: $5.653
million, Universal.Extras: TBA.
In the hustle and bustle of 1950s Coney Island, where the buzzing crowd comes and goes trudging slowly over the wooden boardwalks, silent stories of the everyday toilers who give life to the attraction unfold. Somewhere in a clam bar, there's the sad waitress Ginny (Kate Winslet), a one-time actress and now a suffering wife who's been given a second chance by the side of the well-intentioned but uncouth carousel operator, Humpty (Jim Belushi). On the other hand, there's Humpty's 26-year-old estranged daughter, Carolina (Juno Temple, who left the familial nest and a preordained future seeking adventure as a mobster's wife; only to return home with her wings broken, begging for forgiveness. And from the lifeguard's high tower, where all is in plain sight, the young and charming lifesaver and hopeful playwright, Mickey (Justin Timberlake), is the inadvertent but potent catalyst that binds everything together. Shattered dreams, reckless love and betrayal, all under the bright lights of Coney Island.
Vitals: Director: Woody Allen. Stars: Jim Belushi, Juno Temple. Justin Timberlake, Kate Winslet, Max Casella, Jack Gore, David Krumholtz.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 101 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.320 million, Company.Extras: "The Cast and Crew Discuss Making Wonder Wheel."
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, sacrificing himself in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy: the ancient Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes --— Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash -- it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. The fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe.
Vitals: Director: Zack Snyder. Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 120 min., Action-Adventure, Box office gross: $227.561 million, Warner.Extras: "Road to Justice" journeys alongside DC comic creators as they explore over 50 years of the Justice League, from comic books to animated adventures to their cinematic debut; "Heart of Justice" in which the cast and filmmakers share their admiration for DC’s iconic Trinity: Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman; "Technology of the Justice League": From Batman’s arsenal to Cyborg’s alien tech, interface with the Justice League database to learn their most advanced secrets; "Justice League: The New Heroes"; "Steppenwolf the Conqueror"; "Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons"; "Scene Studies: Wonder Woman’s Rescue"; "Scene Studies: Heroes Park"; "Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle"; "Suit Up: The Look of the League." Blu-ray adds "The Return of Superman" bonus scenes not seen in theaters.
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