This Week’s New Movies: “Thor” vs. “The Beaver”


The summer movie season officially gets underway with the release of the year's first comic book adaptation, plus there's the Mel Gibson movie some people thought we'd never see, a film so bad the star has called it "terrible" even before it's release, a pair of romcoms, and manner of tiny little indies...

Chris Hemsworth stars as the Norse God of Thunder, who is banished to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) in this Marvel Comics adaptation. Unfortunately, his most powerful enemies follow him here. In theaters everywhere, read our review and watch the trailer
The Beaver
Mel Gibson stars as a man who tries to pull himself out of a deep depression by communicating with the world via a beaver hand puppet in this darkly comic drama. In limited release, read our review and watch the trailer

Passion Play
Mickey Rourke plays a washed up trumpet player who falls for a winged circus freak, Megan Fox, but things get messy when a gangster, Bill Murray, tries to steal her away. In limited release, read our review and watch the trailer

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Jumping the Broom
Paula Patton and Laz Alonso co-star as a young couple from very different backgrounds caught in the fighting between their families, who've come together for their wedding on Martha's Vineyard. In theaters everywhere, watch the trailer
Something Borrowed
Ginnifer Goodwin stars as a woman who wraps up her 30th birthday party by bedding Colin Egglesfield, who happens to be engaged to Goodwin's best friend, Kate Hudson. John Krasinski co-stars. In theaters everywhere, watch the trailer

A decorated soldier returns from the second Sino-Japanese War without the use of his arms or legs, leaving his wife to honor him, the Emperor and her countrymen by caring for him. In limited release, watch the trailer
Forks Over Knives
A documentary exploring the possibility that America's animal-based diet is at the root of most of the illnesses that plagues us. In limited release, watch the trailer
Hobo With a Shotgun
Rutger Hauer takes the title role in this hyper-violent film about, well, a shotgun-wielding hobo who goes on a vigilante rampage. In limited release, watch the NSFW, profanity-laced trailer
An Invisible Sign
Jessica Alba stars in an adaptation of the book of the same name, about a 20-year-old loner who, as a child, turned to math for salvation after her father became ill. As an adult, Mona now teaches the subject and must help her students through their own crises. In limited release, watch the trailer
A Peruvian film about a good Catholic girl who helps a moneylender raise the child he fathered with a prostitute, forcing him to reconsider the way her relates with others. In limited release, watch the trailer
There Be Dragons
Two childhood friends find themselves on opposite sides of the Spanish Civil War, but when one of them is spurned by a beautiful, he plots a terrible betrayal. In limited release, watch the trailer

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