The best-reviewed superhero movie arrives just in time for our Las Vegas

Thor: Ragnarok (Walt Disney Pictures)


Score: A

Rated: PG-13 -- 130 minutes

At a whopping 95-percent "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes, THOR: RAGNAROK is the film critics' highest-ranked comic book movie ever. And to tell you the truth, this action-adventure Sci-Fi comedy could not have come to our beloved city at a better time. We all could use a few good laughs. Who knew that beautiful Chris Hemsworth was as good as our own beloved Jimmy Kimmel ("The pride of Clark High School") at delivering a punch line or two. THOR: RAGNAROK is just plain charming.

Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston (as his brother, Loki) are great at playing off of each other. The large all-star cast ensemble led by Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson, and Cate Blanchett are all terrific. You will see a lot of familiar faces up on the screen. I suspect that this was one truly enjoyable project for each one of the costumed actors.

Credit 42-year-old Taika Waitti for his outstanding direction. From New Zeland, he already has been nominated for an Oscar. Also credit Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost for their strong writing.

I expect super-hero box office numbers for THOR: RAGNAROK. But that may be short-lived. The countdown has already begun for JUSTICE LEAGUE, coming soon to a theatre near you.


The other day, I was having coffee with the owner of CinemaScore, who lives here in Las Vegas. I lamented how fast VICTORIA & ABDUL (2017) came and went. I asked him if this wonderful movie received the coveted CinemaScore "A" grade. Unfortunately, "the film was not eligible to automatically receive a score because it did not open in the required minimum number of theatre screens." And he reminded me that although the film was enjoyable, being classified as an "art film" usually draws a much smaller audience.

At the moment, VICTORIA & ABDUL remains to show on only one screen in Las Vegas -- the beautiful Regal Downtown Summerlin.

This "mostly true story" is quite charming. The Queen and her servant. And while the screenplay may be too superficial for those critics (who took the time to review), Dame Judi Dench is cinema royalty. Her towering performance as Queen Victoria in this film is more than Oscar worthy. Her co-star, the Indian actor Ali Fazal, is wonderful as Abdul. While their attraction to one another is not sufficiently flushed out, their special bond is beautiful.

The film is directed by Stephen Frears and written by Lee Hall. The cinematography is exquisite and the costumes are lovely. Dame Judi has been Oscar-nominated seven times, winning once, playing Queen Victoria. A great stage actress, she is probably most familiar to film audiences having played the beloved "M" to James Bond for 17 years. And at age 82, she will be seen at the end of this month in the highly anticipated remake of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.