Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Columbia Pictures

Wow. It’s been nearly a week since Spider-Man: Homecoming finally hit theaters and my thoughts about this latest film featuring the web-slinger have been on quite the roller-coaster ride.

First of all, after being somewhat skeptical of Tom Holland’s casting as Peter Parker/Spidey – as well as tired of all the reboots – I found myself really looking forward to seeing Homecoming as its release date drew closer. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but the flow of positive reviews in my Twitter feed certainly helped. Read More

Movie Must-Sees: 2017

As 2016 began to wind down last December and I started to recap the year, I realized something surprising: Of the five movies that I highlighted on my must-see list, the Mysterious Mr. C and I actually only made it to the theater for one – Captain America: Civil War.

While we – okay, maybe, mostly I – had been excited for all of them, as their release dates got closer and the lackluster reviews started pouring in, we got scared away. As I’ve mentioned before, it can cost us upwards of $40 or so to go to the movies, so we have to be really, really into the films to ignore the commentary and check them out ourselves. And in 2016, we ultimately decided the silver screen just wasn’t quite worth it.  Read More

Captain America: Civil War

Marvel

Marvel

Captain America: Civil War smashed its way into theaters this weekend and officially kicked off the summer blockbuster season. It also took in $181.8 million dollars and marked the biggest opening weekend for a stand-alone superhero franchise film (though I use that term loosely since the movie was sort of Avengers 2.5). Fittingly, Civil War took this title from 2013’s Iron Man 3 – carrying the “war” between the Marvel behemoths beyond the screen itself.

Like many of our friends, the Mysterious Mr. C and I headed to our local cineplex to check out this latest Marvel feature. But unlike many of our friends, who boasted on social media that Civil War was the best superhero film of all time, I came out of the theater a bit underwhelmed. Read More

“Make ‘Em Laugh”

Warner Bros.

Warner Bros.

After nearly two weeks of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice being panned as a grim, joyless slog, the website Birth.Movies.Death. reported last Friday that Warner Bros. is working to lighten up its next DC Comics flick, Suicide Squad – which will hit theaters on August 5. But while the timing of the news seems to suggest that the “tens of millions” of dollars being spent on reshoots is in reaction of the poor reviews of BvS, the fixes seem to have been in the works for at least a few weeks.  Read More

DC v Marvel

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BamSmackPow

Founded in 1934 and 1939, respectively, DC Comics and Marvel Comics have been rivals for nearly 80 years. But while that competition mostly existed in the pages of the comic books that gave them their starts, it’s increasingly showing up on the big and small screens as well.  Read More