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By Da­mon Smith Thor: Rag­narok (12A)

Marvel Comics’ dreamy in­car­na­tion of the ham­mer-wield­ing Norse god of thun­der fi­nally gets into an oth­er­worldly groove in this third solo out­ing di­rected to the comic hilt by Taika Waititi. A heady brew of rip-roar­ing ac­tion ad­ven­ture, bone-dry hu­mour and daz­zling spec­ta­cle po­si­tions this gung-ho chap­ter closer to Guardians Of The Galaxy than its brawny pre­de­ces­sors.

Breathe (12A)

In­spi­ra­tional true story of a dap­per young man, who con­tracted po­lio in 1950s Kenya and was con­fronted with spend­ing his fi­nal days con­fined to a hos­pi­tal bed, paral­ysed from the neck down and re­liant on ma­chines to carry out ba­sic bod­ily func­tions. En­cour­aged to em­brace life by his spir­ited wife, he blazed a de­fi­ant trail by ven­tur­ing out­side of the hos­pi­tal ward in a spe­cially con­structed wheel­chair fit­ted with a bat­tery-pow­ered mo­bile res­pi­ra­tor. “No-one with your hus­band’s dis­abil­ity ex­ists out­side the hos­pi­tal,” warns one doom­mon­ger­ing medic. Strong echoes of The The­ory Of Ev­ery­thing in Andy Serkis’s di­rec­to­rial de­but, with ster­ling per­for­mances from An­drew Garfield and Claire Foy as the mar­ried cou­ple, who be­lieve their love and the en­dur­ing power of the hu­man spirit will prove sci­ence wrong.

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