Thor: The Dark World

Wielding his mighty hammer, the "God of Thunder" returns with a vengeance in this rousing 3-D adventure, based on the popular Marvel Comics series and directed by Alan Taylor. This sequel to 2011's "Thor" and 2012's "The Avengers" finds our titular superhero (Chris Hemsworth) returning to Asgard, his home world, where his wayward brother (Tom Hiddleston) stands trial for war crimes. Back on Earth, Thor's erstwhile girlfriend (Natalie Portman) gets sucked into a vortex to the Dark World of the film's title, unleashing a chain of events that leads to battle. "Thor: The Dark World" assumes operatic proportions as it barrels towards a smash-bang conclusion that lays waste to multiple worlds, not to mention some lovely Georgian architecture in London. Parents should note that the violence is extreme at times and not for little ones.

Watch out for: Intense but bloodless combat scenes, some scary sequences, and a few mild oaths.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013