Also: What THR’s critics are saying about the eye-opening documentaries ‘City of Ghosts’ and ‘Swim Team.’
Superheroes and ghosts are among what’s headed to theaters this weekend in Spider-Man: Homecoming and A Ghost Story. Also opening this weekend are documentaries City of Ghosts and Swim Team. Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter’s critics are saying about the weekend’s new offerings.
Tom Holland stars as a young Spidey, still in high school, in John Watt’s reboot of the franchise. Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jon Favreau and Marisa Tomei round out the first Spider-Man film that’s a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with appearances by Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Michael Keaton as the villain Vulture. Critic John DeFore called the film “occasionally exciting but often frustrating,” and writes that it “represents a creative misstep for the studio.” A sequel is already set for 2019. Read the full review here.
A Ghost Story
Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara explore love, loss and existence in David Lowery’s feature where Affleck is a bed sheet-covered ghost who haunts the home he once shared with his wife (Mara). The A24 drama premiered at Sundance and features a surprise cameo from pop singer Kesha. Chief film critic Todd McCarthy calls the film “strange and beguiling” and notes that it’s a “poetic meditation on time, memory and spiritual connection that is utterly true to its title.” Read the full review here.
City of Ghosts
The documentary goes into dangerous territory, following citizen journalists in Syria, determined to bring awareness to the human rights violations caused by ISIS in their hometown of Raqqua. Helmed by ‘Cartel Land’ filmmaker Matthew Heineman, the doc gives viewers access to a heartbreaking destruction of a Syrian town, and the lives risked by the undercover journalists that wasn’t reported internationally at the time in 2014. McCarthy writes in his review that the film “effectively serves the dual purpose of exhibiting the rape of a city in a way not seen before and conveying the feeling of helplessness experienced by those who have managed to flee to the West.”
The triumphs and challenges of an autistic swim team competing in the Special Olympics is documented in Lara Stolman’s emotional film. Critic Sheri Linden calls the film “instructive and inspiring.” Read the full review here.
A young man’s Grandpa and his war buddies help him save the girl of his dreams after she is kidnapped. Dylan Everett, James Caan, Arrested Development’s Jessica Walter, Louis Gossett Jr. and Paul Sorvino complete the cast.