With the coming of the holiday season, new movies have arrived in theaters across the country.
The Thanksgiving weekend box office has been dominated by high-octane superhero flicks and touching emotional adventures.
For fans of fights and tights, “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Justice League” have entered theaters to provide moviegoers with a new round of action movies based on beloved comic-book characters.
“Thor: Ragnarok” is the third entry in the Thor franchise and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as his brother Loki and Mark Ruffalo as The Incredible Hulk. The movie follows their journey to defend Thor’s homeworld of Asgard from its prophesied destruction.
Longtime fans of Marvel will appreciate the character development of Ruffalo’s Hulk, as well as a spirited cameo from Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange.
“Justice League,” DC Comics’ long-awaited flagship premiere to challenge Marvel’s Avengers franchise, boasts a star-studded cast portraying the iconic team led by Superman, played by Henry Cavill, and Batman, played by Ben Affleck, to defeat an alien invasion of earth.
Fans online have been divided on the film thus far, but loyal fans of “Man of Steel” and “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” will leave the theater satisfied. They may struggle to overlook the regrettably obvious CGI removal of Cavill’s mustache, as he was contractually obligated to keep it during reshoots while filming for “Mission Impossible 6,” but at least it’s funny.
For audiences looking for something more emotional and relatable, Stephen Chbosky’s “Wonder” may be more appropriate.
“Wonder” tells the heartwarming story of a young boy named Auggie Pullman, who navigates the rocky social waters of middle school while dealing with Treacher Collins syndrome, which has given him severe facial deformities.
“Wonder” has been well-received by critics, receiving an 86% “Certified Fresh” rating on film review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes.
Fans of animated films looking for a similarly heartwarming experience will be blown away by Disney-Pixar’s “Coco,” the tale of a young boy from Mexico who runs away from home on Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) and becomes trapped in the land of the dead.
What follows is a visually stunning and musically captivating adventure to reunite with his runaway great-great-grandfather to receive his blessing and return home.
Love it or hate it, be warned that feature screenings are preceded by the 21-minute animated short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” starring the cast of Disney’s 2013 film “Frozen.”
All of these movies are currently being screened at Rogers Cinema 7 at 2725 Church Street. Showtimes can be found online.