Thor Odinson (Chris Hemsworth) tries to stop the end of the world in Thor: Ragnarok, a conflicted mess of a film that showcases some of the best that Marvel Studios has to offer along with some of their cringiest.
If you’ve seen the trailers, you have the main gist of it all — Hela (Cate Blanchett), the goddess of death, has come to take her place on the throne of Asgard after Odin’s death releases her from the prison his life-force created.
As Odin’s firstborn, she is the strongest of his children, and she makes her mark within moments by destroying Mjolnir and sending Thor and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) into retreat. As the brothers attempt to teleport back to their homeworld with the help of the Bifröst Bridge, Hela follows them and send them off course.
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.
Hall of Famer Neal Adams, legendary X-Men scribe Chris Claremont, Superior Spider-Man penciller Humberto Ramos, and the Zombie King Arthur Suydam — just to name a few — will be on hand for panels, autographs, and commissions.
Fans are encouraged to head to the Artist Alley at the Con where they can meet with the likes of Phil Ortiz, Greg Horn, and Michael Golden. It’s a great opportunity to get in touch with the people responsible for producing your favorite comics and to purchase books and art directly from them.
The list of artists makes this year’s first Wizard World Con at Sacramento an even bigger occasion to go along with appearances by Chris Hemsworth, Norman Reedus, William Shatner, Bruce Campbell, and James Hong.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., February 18, 2014 – Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams, writing legend Chris Claremont, Eisner winner Paolo Rivera and nominee Ethan Van Sciver are among the more than 50 leading comics creators scheduled to attend the inaugural Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con, March 7-9 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Adams, perhaps best known for having revived the “Batman” and “X-Men” franchises and Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Action Comics”) will appear all three days, while Claremont (“Uncanny X-Men,” “Spider-Man”) and Rivera (“Daredevil,” “Avengers”) are scheduled to attend on Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9.
Among the other internationally-known artists and writers to populate the first Sacramento Comic Con Artist Alley are Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), Humberto Ramos (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Impulse”), Greg Horn (“Walt Disney,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Hulk”) and Arthur Suydam(“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”).
Eisner Award Hall of Famer Stan Lee will also appear in the celebrity autograph area, along with superstars Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead,” Chris Hemsworth of Thor, “Star Trek’s” “Captain Kirk” William Shatner, WWE® Superstar Sheamus® and many others. Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con is the third of 16 events currently scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con show hours are Friday, March 7, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, March 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place all three days at the event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contest, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Sunday, March 9, is also Kids Day, with an array of activities and programming specially designed for the younger Wizard World fans.
Sacramento Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor, often stopping by the Show Stage, the ideal place to see and be seen.
Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.
Wizard World 2014-15 Schedule
March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con
January 9-11, 2015 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
January 23-25, 2015 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
A queen uses her dark magic to hunt down the fairest in the land in Snow White and the Huntsman, a retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale about obsessive vanity and pure love.
An imaginative and visual treat that’s more style than substance, SWatH’s poor execution and superficial characters unfortunately outweigh the film’s high production values.
Tragedy befalls the land when King Magnus’ wife passes away leaving him vulnerable to Ravenna’s (Charlize Theron) charms. Under the influence of the new queen’s dark spells, the kingdom and nature begin to fall apart.
Men go to war, and women flee as the queen feeds off the life-force of young and beautiful women.
After Ravenna’s mirror declares there is one fairer than she and pure enough to give her immortality, Ravenna recruits a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to track down the escaped Princess Snow White (Kristen Stewart) deep within the Dark Forest.
Beautiful on the outside, SWatH’s lavish vistas, composed cinematography, and costume design are the movie’s highlights though it sometimes feels as if they come at the expense of character development and plotting.
The evil queen Ravenna is the best looking and thought out character, and though Theron looks like she relishes a role that has her screaming, writhing on the floor, and posing awkwardly, the lack of real importance along with consistently poor execution induces more head scratching than awe.
Stewart labors through her role with drawn out expressions that wouldn’t be so necessary if her character actually had other things to do.
Effectually, Snow White is SWaTH’s One Ring — her survival or destruction will determine the fate of her world. Forces go to war to claim the once-lost princess, and supernatural instances begin to occur.
Sadly, the mythology built up around her feels contrived and threadbare coming up in chunks throughout the movie as the plot’s progression chugs along clumsily. In one key scene when the Princess and her entourage enter the Sanctuary, the entire tone of the movie shifts awkwardly and without buildup.
It’s a movie that could have been so much better, but a simple makeover just wouldn’t do.