Heavy Metal — Thor: Ragnarok Review

Hela appears in Asgard, where her claim to the throne hits deaf ears -- that's what happens when an entire era's history is wiped away or covered up. Viewed as an invading force, Asgard's army tries to hold her at bay but fails miserably against Odin's strongest child.

Life in Three Acts — Dunkirk Review

Three separate and converging scenarios are spliced together to form the narrative -- one beginning a week before (land), another starting a day before (sea), and the third (air) taking off an hour before the final events in the movie.

Welcome Back — Spider-Man: Homecoming Review

The single best decision for the movie was the exclusion of an origin story -- which would have made it the third retelling in 15 years. Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives ready to go, and he's a bit more evolved than any previous version's first single-movie appearance.

Sophomore Slump — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 kicks off just as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), and company get ready to fulfill their latest job -- inter-dimensional pest-control. Buoyed by their success in taking out Rohan the Accuser, the team has become the go-to group for solving galaxy-sized problems.

The Wonders You Will Do — Wonder Woman Review

In comparing Wonder Woman the film against the rest of the superhero movies out there, it's got a lot of what you'd expect -- an origin story, a plot that puts the world at stake, and some brilliantly choreographed and filmed action sequences. The cinematography is beautiful, and the musical score is well done, eliciting the appropriate response -- whether it's an adrenaline rush or a moment of reflection.

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