It doesn’t take much to reference another character or plot in the Marvel canon, but each time it provides another layer of enjoyment for fans of the comics, and, for comic book non-aficionados like myself, a greater sense of understanding of the world according to Marvel.
Rating: 2.5 starsHoopla Factor: 3.5 stars

Anthony Hopkins is one of those actors who'd astonish even if he were merely reading out the phone book, and the other highlight is Jaimie Alexander, a little known actress that fulfils her Xena-type role as Sif rather well. Idris Elba is good as Heimdall, though he seems too restricted in his Big Shiny Helmet.
Rating: 3.5 starsHoopla Factor: 4.0 stars

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It must be a great luxury indeed to be able to call upon Robert De Niro to play a supporting character of such little substance. Sure, turning up on set for a few days to do your scenes might be financially rewarding, but this character could have been played by any number of journeyman actors.
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The Clink of Ice

Dujardin and Dupontel are both highly regarded stars of French cinema, and they develop an uneasy rapport that perfectly suits the nature of their relationship. It is the performance of Alvaro as the steadfast and moderate Louisa, however, that grounds the film and allows its audience to engage.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

When a story is split into two separate films for no higher purpose than to bilk the movie-going (and dvd-purchasing) public out of their hard-earned cash, it becomes irrelevant how well written or produced it is. This decision is the fundamental, unifying problem that ultimately betrays the film.
Rating: 2.0 starsHoopla Factor: 2.0 stars

If the alternative was a three hour, frenzied adaptation of the entire book, then I suppose this was the better option, but you can be certain that once the DVDs of both parts come out people will simply watch them back to back, anyway.
Rating: 3.0 starsHoopla Factor: 3.5 stars

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