WELCOME HOME, SPIDEY - Movie of the Week
WELCOME HOME, SPIDEY
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, July 7, 2017
This week’s big blockbuster is the latest iteration of Spider-Man, the first to be directly related to the Marvel film universe.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” (PG-13). In this sequel to “Captain America: Civil War,” high school student Peter Parker (Tom Holland), aka Spider-Man, receives some superhero/crime-fighting training from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), aka Iron Man, including work-life balance. But then a new villain the Vulture (Michael Keaton) shows up. Co-stars include Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Tyne Daly as a government damage-control official, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, with cameos by Chris Evans as Capt. America and Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, and, of course, Stan Lee. And yes, there are reportedly mid- and post-credits stingers.
“The Big Sick” (R). Romantic comedy somewhat based on the life of co-screenwriter/star Kumail Nanjiani, a Pakistani-American comic, tells of an inter-racial relationship that causes anxiety between Nanjiani and a Caucasian girl he loves (Zoe Kazan), because his family wants him to marry a Pakistani. But when Kazan falls ill and is hospitalized, Nanjiani realizes how much he cares for her and has to deal with her parents (Holly Hunter, Ray Romano), whom he barely knows.
“The Journey” (PG-13). Fictionalized story of two political enemies — Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall), a Protestant minister and virulent anti-Catholic, and firebrand Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney), a former IRA leader — who eventually were able to put aside their differences to end 40 years of violent civil warfare in Ireland. Here, they are coerced into traveling together in a limousine and their conflicts gradually become a conversation. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“The Exception” (R). During World War II a German soldier (Jai Courtney) is assigned as the personal bodyguard of exiled German emperor Wilhem II (Christopher Plummer) at the Kaiser’s castle in the Netherlands, and is alerted that there may be a Dutch spy that their midst. But the soldier unexpectedly falls in love with a housemaid (Lily James), who reveals to him that she is Jewish. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)