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Best: Action sequences
You have to expect any movie that's part of the Marvel empire is going to have some kick-ass action scenes, and the second "Thor" doesn't disappoint. The big guy brings his hammer and he works it, people, and he's not the only one. We not only see Thor battle the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim (who put up a damn good fight), we're treated to an all-too-short battle between Thor and Loki. Thankfully there isn't too much wrestling around on empty planets, because part of the fun is watching really nice buildings get torn apart. Oh, and there's a prison break that's pretty kick-ass. Still, what stands out is Thor going head-to-head with Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) all over the place (those darn flip flops between the nine realms!). It's a surreal, crazy and action-packed dust-up that thoroughly distracts from the fact a lot of this doesn't really make sense -- and that's the best special effect of all.
- Liane Bonin Starr