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  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service

    ★½

    Well, the dog was cute.

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    As a Spider-Man movie, it’s one of the stronger (the strongest?) entries. As a Marvel movie, it’s one of the better-executed ones: the dialogue’s fun; the action scenes are actually shot with an opinion; and the plot’s, well, coherent.

    But as a summer action movie, it holds up pretty danged well in its own right. Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon are strong anchors, and Michael Keaton is always _so fun to watch_ as a heavy.

    (No idea why Tyne…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This was, I have to say, the strongest ensemble piece Marvel’s produced to date. The Avengers had a better script, but was visually inconsistent; 2 Avengers 2 Ultron staggered under the size of its cast and a murky script, but, well, hey, James Spader. Civil War’s a much sleeker product, balancing old and new members of the roster alike. (A few favorites: I thought Chadwick Boseman was perfectly cast; Paul Rudd and Tom Holland steal every scene they’re in.)

    Despite…