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‘Thor’ sequel follows bankable formula but lacks humanity

Chris Hemsworth stars as a hammer-wielding Norse god in "Thor: The Dark World."
Chris Hemsworth stars as a hammer-wielding Norse god in "Thor: The Dark World."
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Comic book movies are increasingly, like Sandra Bullock in “Gravity,” lost in space. Following the summer’s glumly bombastic “Man of Steel,” which added a heavy dose of Krypton politics to Superman’s once pleasantly silly story, comes “Thor: The Dark World,” in which Thor’s Asgard, a celestial home of gods floating somewhere in the universe, is the primary setting. Earth is an afterthought — just one of the “nine realms,” albeit the one with Natalie Portman. ...


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