Natalie Portman to Wield the Hammer of Thor

Marvel Studios revealed that Natalie Portman will be wielding Mjolnir in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder due out in November 2021. There is some basis in the comics for Portman’s Jane Foster taking over as Thor.  Following the Original Sin storyline, Thor Odinson witnesses an unidentified woman lifting his beloved Hammer and take the power of Thor.  Foster eventually throws Mjolnir into the sun during an attempt to destroy Mangog, sacrificing her life in…

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Thor: The Dark World – The Road to Endgame

Thor: The Dark World is far from the best film in the franchise as the Avenger battles against Malekith’s attempt to destroy the universe. The sequel incorporates a prologue like its predecessor.  This a great way of setting not just the tone but introduce us to new characters.  It turns out that once upon a time, Asgard was at battle against the Dark Elves.  But this battle is one that is far from over.  It’s…

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Thor – The Road to Endgame

Thor introduces an entirely new realm of mythology to the Marvel Cinematic Universe by way of the wondrous beauty that is Asgard. The film’s prologue introduces us to the nine realms, Asgardians, and Frost Giants.  We already had somewhat of an introduction during Captain America with the search for the Tesseract.  It goes without saying that one expands upon the mythology.  The main artifact that drives the plot is the Casket of Ancient Winters.  It’s…

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Chicago Film Fest 2018: This Changes Everything

Addressing the gender disparity that troubles Hollywood, This Changes Everything is one of the most important documentaries of the year. I can’t exactly point to when all the focus started turning to women directors not getting the same opportunities as men.  That being said, This Changes Everything is equally important to the Amy Adrion-directed Half the Picture.  This two films go hand in hand with a similar focus on women directors. “The door has to…

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TIFF 2018: Vox Lux

Led by one of the best performances of Natalie Portman’s career, Vox Lux follows one woman as she sings her way into stardom and beyond. When we first meet her in 1999, Celeste (Raffey Cassidy, as the younger version) is just like any ordinary student in school.  This is until one student, Colin, becomes very aggressive and practically shoots the entire class.  While Celeste lives, she suffers from an awful spinal injury as a result.…

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Eating Animals: A Thought-Provoking Documentary

Eating Animals is a thought-provoking documentary that will make people think twice about the food they put in their mouth. Oscar-winning actress Natlie Portman narrates the film, which could double as a horror feature.  Christopher Quinn directs adapts the film from Jonathan Safran Foer’s book of the same name.  To say that the documentary is provocative would be an understatement!  Just as with the book, the film seeks to answer the same question of where…

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Annihilation: A Trippy Ride

Despite the amazing visuals, Annihilation might be a trippy ride but it’s a ride that needs to be experienced for oneself. Given that he was the mind behind Ex Machina, it’s no surprise that Alex Garland was chosen to adapt Annihilation for the big screen.  Despite the fascinating sci-fi ideas behind the first novel in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, the film is not without some controversy. Lena (Natalie Portman) left the Army in order…

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Jackie: Natalie Portman is Superb in Kennedy Biopic

In her portrayal of former First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman is absolutely superb in Jackie. Portman disappears into the role and audiences forget that it’s the Oscar winner on screen. Portman leads a cast that also includes Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Richard E. Grant, Caspar Phillipson, John Carroll Lynch, Beth Grant, Max Casella with Billy Crudup and John Hurt. In Jackie, we are taken back to the final days of Camelot…

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