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'Thor: The Dark World'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: 10 and older.

What you should know: All the players are back for this sequel to 2011's "Thor," based on the Marvel character and hammer-throwing Norse god. In "Thor 2," all is not well on the home world of Asgard and on Earth, where he left his human love, Jane Foster. The buff Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his trouble-making brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) join forces with Jane (Natalie Portman) and friends to stop a threat from Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), the leader of the Dark Elves who covets a force that could plunge the universe into darkness.

Language: 11/2 s-words.

Sexual situations and nudity: Couples kiss, and yes, Mr. Hemsworth appears shirtless. A female warrior invites Thor to party with her. Stellan Skarsgard as Dr. Eric Selvig is shown in news reports cavorting nude but with strategically placed pixelation.

Violence/scary situations: The last time we saw Thor on screen, New York was under siege by aliens in "The Avengers." Now it's London's turn to take an earthly hit from an invading force. There's mostly comic-book violence from start to finish -- even Jane slaps both Thor and Loki on first encounters -- with short breaks for exposition and humor. The film opens with Thor battling enemies on other worlds to bring peace to the Nine Realms, which proves to be the calm before the Dark Elves' attack. Characters close to our hero die violently or are in constant danger.

Drug and alcohol use: Partying Asgardians consume what we can assume are alcoholic beverages.


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