2017-07-13 / Arts & Entertainment News

FILM CAPSULES

Spider-Man: Homecoming

(Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton) Spider-Man (Holland) must stop a black market arms dealer (Keaton) from selling alien technology to criminals. Solid action, humor, and a winning performance from Holland in the title role make this thoroughly enjoyable summer fare. Rated PG-13.

Despicable Me

(Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker) Gru (Carell), his long-lost brother Dru (Carell again) and Lucy try to stop ‘80s inspired villain Balthazar Bratt (Parker) from destroying Hollywood. Too much focus on Carell’s two characters and not enough on the villain and story make this an uneven disappointment. Rated PG.

The Beguiled

(Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Elle Fanning) During the Civil War, a wounded Union soldier is taken in by Confederate women who subsequently compete for his attention. It starts slow, but it’s fun to watch the story twist and the third act packs a wallop. Rated R.

Transformers: The Last Knight

(Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock) Once again the Autobots get Mark Wahlberg’s help in saving the world from the Decepticons. It’s understandable if you’re expecting this fifth installment to be terrible, but it’s actually pretty amusing. The story is cleverer than you expect, and the visual effects and action are strong. Rated PG-13. ¦




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