Thor and Churchill’s dark­est hours, and more.

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DVD: Ac­tion ( M) Taika Waititi finds him­self in the di­rec­tor’s chair at Mar­vel Stu­dios, no one says, “Go easy on the Kiwi hu­mour, Tai”, and out pops Thor: Ragnarok – su­per­hero­ism play­ing it for laughs. There’s a vaguely Norse, in­ter­ga­lac­tic plot; there’s Chris Hemsworth as a laid­back Thor, Tom Hid­dle­ston as naughty brother Loki, and Cate Blanchett as their very bad sis­ter Hela, com­plete with the coolest emo eye makeup and re­tractable antlers. But it’s Waititi who al­most steals the show as Korg, the af­fa­ble, “straight outta Raukokore” rock mon­ster. Thor is a hoot, if only to spot the Kiwi cameos and in-jokes. There’s even “Skux Life” graf­fiti scrawled on a wall in one of the fight scenes. Chur!

VIR­GINIA LARSON

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