Thursday, November 23, 2017
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What’s new in theaters: ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’

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NOW IN THEATERS: A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS

No doubt the Bad Moms of 2015’s sleeper hit made Santa’s naughty list. He can underline their names after A Bad Moms Christmas (R), something for parents to see while the kids go shopping.

Mila Kunis, Kristin Bell and Kathryn Hahn return as the under-appreciated suburban mothers whose first girls night out was a stitch. They’re bringing along classy reinforcements as their even badder moms.

Kunis gets Tony winner Christine Baranski, Bell and Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) are a canny match and Hahn gets a brassy playmate in Oscar winner Susan Sarandon. That should be a fun crew for drunk shopping, escapades with male revue dancers and dirty warm fuzzies at the end.

Read a review of A Bad Moms Christmas at tampabay.com/movies.

OPENING Thursday:

THOR: RAGNAROK

Looks like Marvel got the irreverent message after two volumes of Guardians of the Galaxy: Let your superheroes lighten up, baby.

Thor: Ragnarok (PG-13) tosses off the same bombastic comedy vibe, a far cry from the god of thunder’s first solo adventures. Chris Hemsworth brings a new haircut and the same physique to the title role (Thor, not Ragnarok, which is a Norse term for the cosmos’ end).

Thor has always been the most amusing Avenger not named Iron Man. Especially when verbally sparring with Dr. Bruce Banner a.k.a. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Now they will brawl as gladiators to defeat the evil Hela (Cate Blanchett) and save his home planet Asgard. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Jeff Goldblum as a flashy Grandmaster add to the fun.

Click here to read a review of Thor: Ragnarok.

in theaters: our Top 5

Current movies recommended by the Tampa Bay Times:

1 The Florida Project: Homeless children make their own magic in Disney World’s shadow.

2 Thor: Ragnarok: We’re not laughing with Chris Hemsworth; we’re laughing at him.

3 Blade Runner 2049: Ryan Gosling stars in
a cerebral sequel to a sci-fi classic.

4Battle of the Sexes: Emma Stone and Steve Carell star as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

5Victoria & Abdul: Judi Dench wins her Queen-off with Helen Mirren, 3-1.

UPCOMING RELEASES

(Dates subject to change)

Nov. 10: Murder on the Orient Express; Wonderstruck; Daddy’s Home 2

Nov. 17: Justice League; Lady Bird; Roman J. Israel Esq.; Wonder; The Star

Nov. 22: Coco; Last Flag Flying; Chappaquiddick; Polaroid

Dec. 1: He’s Out There

Dec. 8: The Shape of Water; The Disaster Artist; All the Money in the World

   
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