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PATRONS ONLY - THOR RAGNAROK

At the collapsing core — the Devil’s Anus, if you will — of Thor: Ragnarok beats the amiably daggy heart of Kiwi director Taika Waititi.

Waititi’s previous flicks Boy, Eagle vs Shark, What We Do In the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople are all exercises in offbeat, low key charm.

CRIMSON CATHOLIC HEAD KICKER: DAREDEVIL SEASON 2

And lo, Marvel’s crimson Catholic head-kicker returns to your streaming device* for a highly anticipated second season of angsty, claret-soaked pulp vigilantism.

Setting up shop squarely in The Dark Knight’s thematic bailiwick, season two is an exercise in escalation: melodrama ratcheted right up; bruising, head mashing violence ratcheted right up; meditations on crime and punishment to the fore.

NOTHING MAKES SENSE ANY MORE: DEADPOOL

If Deadpool’s record breaking weekend box office reports are any indication, this low budget, vaguely subversive Marvel adaptation (in many respects a belated apology for 2009’s woeful Wolverine: Origins experiment with the character), is pretty much critic-proof as of this writing.

THE SKY IS FALLING (AGAIN): AGE OF ULTRON

In accepting the responsibility of returning to direct a second Avengers flick, geek prince in chief Joss Whedon must surely have conceded that he was on a hiding to nothing. Directing the sequel to the third highest grossing film of all time, not to mention once more providing the concluding chapter of a so called Marvel phase, brings with it a staggering array of challenges to be met and lofty bars to be cleared.