“Spider-Man: Homecoming” swings into the superhero genre

by Dustin Steiger, broadcast director

2017 has been full of amazing films, especially in the superhero genre. While Marvel threw in some heavy hitters, such as “Guardians of the Galaxy; Volume 2” and “Logan,” DC Comics made an extraordinary comeback with their movie “Wonder Woman,” the first modern-age female superhero movie in years, not to mention their first live-action film since Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Trilogy” to be “Certified Fresh” (a reward given to only the most deserving and “best reviewed” movies, according to Rotten Tomatoes).

With Saegertown’s Homecoming scheduled for October 13, it seems like an opportune time to review one of Marvel’s most recent successes, “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” For those unfamiliar with this successful blockbuster, it follows the young Peter Parker (Tom Holland), better known to the audience as Spider-Man, as he attempts to balance his superhuman “activities” with the humdrum routine of high school bullies, homework, and a crush that seems to have no clue he even exists.

The story takes place after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) mentoring Peter and telling him to “Stay close to the ground,” that he should let the more powerful heroes take on the jobs that they don’t think he can do… advice that a young and anxious Peter Parker is not happy about. Determined to prove himself worthy of the Avenger’s approval, Spider-Man suits up to take on the Vulture (Michael Keaton) and to show the world exactly what he’s got.

Many critics and viewers were skeptical going in to see it, as “Homecoming” marks the third reboot of the Spider-Man franchise since 2002, some of which didn’t do so well (specifically “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” with sites like IndieWire calling it “wildly overstuffed,” and “Spider-Man 3,” with reviewers like Chris Hewitt from Empire claiming that it didn’t live up to its promised “greatness.”). However, fans weren’t disappointed. With beautiful graphics and a balanced and well-developed story, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” brings this amazing comic book character to life in a relatable and fun way that everyone can enjoy.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is available on Digital and iTunes and will be available on DVD on October 17.

What’s new on Netflix in May

By Hunter Trzeciak, arts and entertainment editor

As summer is approaching, students are counting down the days until they can stay up watching the streaming service into the wee hours of the morning without having to worry about waking up early the next day.  The standout additions this month include the real life boxing drama “Southpaw”, Netflix Original “War Machine” staring Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt, as well as the American-German war film, “Inglourious Basterds”.  Here is a complete list of new additions to Netflix for the month of May.

Available May 1

“American Experience: The Big Burn”

“American Experience: The Boys of ’36”

“Anvil! The Story of Anvil”

“Blood on the Mountain”

“Chaahat”

“Chocolat”

“Decanted”

“Don’t Think Twice”

“Drifter”

“Forrest Gump”

“Happy Feet”

“In the Shadow of Iris”

“Love”

“Losing Sight of Shore”

“Malibu’s Most Wanted”

“Nerdland”

“Raja Hindustani”

“Richard Pryor: Icon”

“Under Arrest”: Season 5

 

Available May 2

“Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower”

“Hija De La Laguna”

“Maria Bamford: Old Baby”

“Two Lovers and a Bear”

 

Available May 5

“Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie”

“Kazoops!”: Season 3

“Sense8”: Season 2

“Simplemente Manu NNa”

“Spirit: Riding Free”: Season 1

“The Last Kingdom”: Season 2

“The Mars Generation”

 

Available May 6

“Cold War 2”

“When the Bough Breaks”

 

Available May 7

“LoveTrue”

“Stake Land II”

“The Host”

 

Available May 8

“Beyond the Gates”

“Hunter Gatherer”

 

Available May 9

“Norm Macdonald: Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Trickery”

“Queen of the South”: Season 1

“All We Had”

 

Available May 10

“El apóstata”

“The Adventure Club”

 

Available May 11

“Switched at Birth”: Season 5

“The Fosters”: Season 4

 

Available May 12

“All Hail King Julien: Exiled”: Season 1

“Anne with an E”: Season 1

“Get Me Roger Stone”

“Master of None”: Season 2

“Mindhorn”

“Sahara”

 

Available May 15

“Command and Control”

“Cave”

“Lovesong”

“Sherlock”: Series 4

“The Intent”

 

Available May 16

“Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive”

“The Break-Up”

“The Place Beyond the Pines”

 

Available May 18

“Royal Pains”: Season 8

“Riverdale”: Season 1

Available May 19

“BLAME!”

“Laerte-se”

“The Keepers”: Season 1

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”: Season 3

 

Available May 21

“What’s With Wheat”

 

Available May 22

“Inglourious Basterds”

“They Call Us Monsters”

 

Available May 23

“Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King”

“Dig Two Graves”

 

Available May 24

“Southpaw”

 

Available May 26

“Believe”

“Bloodline”: Season 3

“I am Jane Doe”

“Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower”

“War Machine”

 

Available May 28

“Bunk’d”: Season 2

 

Available May 29

“Forever Pure”

“A New High”

 

Available May 30

“F is for Family”: Season 2

“House of Cards”: Season 5

“Marvel’s Doctor Strange”

“Masterminds”

“Sarah Silverman A Speck of Dust”