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'Thor: The Dark World': Where It Saved The Day & Where It Left Us Wanting More

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 11, 2013 2:22 PM
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Thor 2: Dark World, Post Mortem
After rolling out first in the rest of the world, this past weekend saw the U.S. release of "Thor: The Dark World," the third adventure to feature the Norse god of thunder, after "Thor" and "The Avengers," and the eighth movie in Marvel's cinematic masterplan. As you might have assumed, the movie's a massive hit: an $86 million opening weekend, to add to the $240 million it's already taken abroad.

Review: Marvel's 'Thor: The Dark World,' With Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman & Tom Hiddleston

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 22, 2013 4:00 PM
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The first "Thor" movie was something of a risk for Marvel. Wisecracking Robert Downey Jr. in a (relatively) grounded real world setting was one thing, but a Viking god from space, played by a complete unknown and directed by a man best known for Shakespeare adaptations was quite another. But the 2011 film, while flawed in many ways, proved surprisingly entertaining and teed up both its title character and his villainous brother Loki for a return appearance in the team-up movie "The Avengers," which turned out to be an absolute megahit. As such, the studio must be feeling on surer ground with "Thor: The Dark World."

Watch: Malekith Is Unveiled In New Clip From 'Thor: The Dark World'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2013 1:44 PM
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With all the hoopla around "Ant-Man" and possibly even more Marvel TV shows, you might be forgetting that "Thor: The Dark World" is coming to theaters pretty soon. Well, just to make sure you're reminded, another clip from the movie has dropped.

HBO Orders Up Damon Lindelof’s ‘The Leftovers,’ Scott Z. Burns Has A 'Conspiracy' For NBC & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 18, 2013 10:52 AM
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TV news! You know, those things that you can sometimes hook up to Netflix, if they're new enough! Remember the early seasons of “Lost”? Remember when you absolutely had to know what was up with those numbers? Remember when you thought Matthew Fox had a brilliant career ahead of him? 2004 was a strange time, and “Lost” was a huge hit that launched its creators largely out of TV land and into the movies.

TIFF Review: 'Song For Marion' Hits A Predictable, But Sour Note

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2012 9:00 AM
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There is a certain strain of mid-budgeted British comedy -- films like "Calendar Girls," "Made In Dagenham," "Greenfingers," "The Full Monty" etc. -- that generally tends to find an audience on both sides of the ocean, make a modest profit, and then land on specialty cable where it lives on in reruns forever. They all have the easily recognizable stock characters, follow a famililar arc and culminate in manufactured emotion designed to make you feel good. And while it's hard to fault a film for being exactly what it sets out to be and nothing more, there is something almost offensive about how inoffensive the template guiding "Song For Marion" is.

Watch: Trailer For Feel-Good Brit Drama 'Song For Marion' With Terence Stamp & Gemma Arterton

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2012 3:35 PM
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Well, depending on your disposition (and the amount of chemicals you've ingested today), you'll either find the trailer for "Song for Marion" to be hopelessly charming or an absolute disaster that makes you want to cover yourself in bread crumbs and be slowly devoured by a flock of hungry seagulls. You'll have to wait a little bit for our Toronto International Film Festival review (the film closes the festival in ten days or so, but hey, the trailer is worth a watch at least. Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Eccleston, Terence Stamp, and the almost painfully adorable Gemma Arterton, it's a movie about an old folks choir. Guh.

Christopher Eccleston Is Villain Malekith The Accursed In 'Thor: The Dark World'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2012 9:29 PM
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With Mads Mikkelsen not being able to step into the villain role in "Thor: The Dark World" due to scheduling issues with the upcoming NBC show "Hannibal," the part remained open, and surprisingly there wasn't the usual run of rumored names and wishlists. Instead, Marvel has just gone ahead and cast somebody.

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