Thor Ragnarok (****) a well-placed step towards the inevitable

In all, this is a fun film that is as good as one could expect coming from one of the heretofore most boring parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If it feels a bit underdone, it's because it still follows the formula of megalomaniac who almost has it all until she doesn't. Marvel has done a great job making their formula interesting, even if the characters (outside of Steve Rogers) evolve at a snail's pace. If the Marvel movie formula is still stuck in the mode of dragging these characters in and never quite letting them go, well, one can understand why. It's comic books, man.

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (***) is a pleasant walk through New Zealand

If they had kept the story with the two leads, it would be a fine film. Neill can do this role in his sleep, and Dennison is more engaging than most Disney kids. Unfortunately they go a little too often to the well of hijinks with House's welfare worker who acts as though she were Sheriff Buford T. Justice. This kind of humor works when one is 10, maybe, but it gets old quick here.