Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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Spider-Man Homecoming is about Peter Parker’s life after his brush with The Avengers in Captain America Civil War. This film is way better than the marketing had convinced me it would be, the comedy, action, and tension are all handled excellently. The characters are great, Tom Holland does a marvelous job as Peter Parker, Micheal Keaton plays the best MCU villain in quite a while, and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark does not overstay his welcome in the plot as I feared he would. A particular scene in Homecoming caught me off guard more than any film has since I saw Fight Club and created brilliantly crafted tension over the next 10-20 minutes. If you still can, I would definitely recommend seeing the highly refreshing and charming Spider-Man: Homecoming in theaters.

Kids 10 and up shouldn’t have a problem with this film.

Currently in Theaters.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

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Valerian is a sci-fi film by Luc Besson about two special operatives trying to protect Alpha, the City of a Thousand Planets, a huge metropolis housing species from a thousand planets. For a film from the director of The Fifth Element, a movie ahead of its time, Valerian is years behind its time. Similar to the 2009 film Avatar, Valerian received lots of hype, is full of CGI, has a cheesy and obvious message, and will leave no lasting impression on our culture. The casting for this film is really what killed it, Dane Dehaan and Cara Delevingne deliver mediocre at best performances and are just a bad fit for their characters. The score is highly disappointing because if nothing else this movie could have had good, memorable music, but instead it’s a cheap and generic imitation of the Star Wars scores. I wouldn’t recommend seeing Valerian unless all you want is eye candy, because that’s all it is.

Pretty much all kids should be able to watch Valerian.

Currently in theaters.

Wonder Woman (2017)

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Wonder Woman is the origin story of Diana, a princess of the Amazons and trained warrior. The characters, story, and tone show a huge improvement over previous DCEU ventures, this time around there is hope, curiosity, and wonder as well as a much-needed lack of brooding characters and desaturated colors. I’m finding that the plentiful use of slow-mo during fight scenes is splitting audiences a bit, I personally think it was put to good use. My two complaints with Wonder Woman are both related to the final battle sequence, there is a bit too much CGI and the main theme suddenly disappears from the score right before the sequence begins. Overall though, Wonder Woman is a pretty great superhero movie that could have easily gone wrong and instead is a milestone not only for the DCEU, but female-lead comic book films.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the long awaited sequel to Marvel’s unexpected success in 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy. This sequel follows the guardians as they learn Peter Quill’s true lineage. In my opinion, Vol. 2 is just as great and probably better than the first film, the plot is better, the music is almost as awesome, the visuals are amazing, and the characters get more depth. I believe the reason there is so much more characterization this time around is because the first GotG devoted a lot of its runtime to setting up various areas of the MCU, that is not the case for Vol. 2 which means there is more time for the characters. It may be because I’ve seen the first one so many times, but more of the jokes in this installment landed for me than in the original. I highly recommend going to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it is 2 hours and 16 minutes you should not miss.

If your kids have seen the first Guardians, they can see the second.

Suicide Squad (2016)

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Suicide Squad is an entertaining summer blockbuster about a team of bad guys who have been assembled by the government, and are put into action when a threat arises. The character introductions are definitely not great, however the action certainly is and everything gets so much better in the third act after some character development finally adds the depth this movie needed. Suicide Squad tries very hard to look just like a comic book which at first is a little strange but I was on board with it a little ways into the film. Overall, Suicide Squad has its flaws, but you can tell the cast had a blast making it and like I said, the third act is awesome!

I wouldn’t recommend seeing this with kids any younger then 13 or a mature 12.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

 

Deadpool (2016)

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Often witty and wisecracking yet a little too unnecessarily vulgar, Deadpool is a pretty good addition to 20th Century Fox’s comic universe. The characters are more likable than I expected, but only after around 20 minutes in when we’ve been shown the backstory. Wade Wilson’s constant breaking of the 4th wall and all the wisecracking humor makes Deadpool a mostly worthwhile experience that I would recommend to mature teens and up who enjoy vulgar anti-heroes and violence.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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I went into this movie with very high expectations and I was not disappointed, the Russo brothers managed to give every character a good chunk of the story, and without compromising the flow of the plot! There is less humor than in many other  Marvel films, which helps to reinforce the conflict between Cap and Tony’s respective sides. When there is humor though, it is very well executed. The new characters in this movie, Spider-Man and Black Panther, are very well done as well. I would not recommend seeing this movie if you haven’t watched about every other MCU film, because it really feels more like a mid-season finale of a TV show than a standalone movie. If you are already into Marvel movies however, I would strongly suggest you go see Civil War as soon as possible! You could definitely let kids watch this if they can watch other Marvel movies.

Currently out of Theaters