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We’re taking you outside city limits for a bite to eat in a small town restaurant that’s all about local food and features handcrafted cocktails and 48 taps of craft beer.

Murphy’s Craftbar + Kitchen is located in Sidney, Ohio, just north of Dayton.

Nestled just off Interstate 75 is the small town of Sidney, Ohio. In this emerging community embracing the #eatlocal trend is the newly opened restaurant Murphy’s Craftbar + Kitchen.

Murphy’s is owned by 22-year-old restauranteur Rocco Catanzarite. Although young, he’s motivated to create something great in his hometown.

“Being born and raised in Sidney I know there isn’t really much to do here,” he says. “I found that all age groups kind of twiddle their thumbs on Friday and Saturday nights.”

He wanted to change that with the opening of Murphy’s. Thanks to his start at the family business called Karoc Marathon, a convenience store and gas station that has become known as one of the largest beer and wine boutiques in the state of Ohio, Catanzarite was able to spread his wings and his network.

He worked off the theory of “it’s all about who you know” and began reaching out to as many people as he could. Over time he was able to establish relationships to breweries and get his hands on hot new releases coming to the state and limited release beers.

After months of preparation, planning, and continuing to reach out to contacts, Catanzarite opened Murphy’s Craftbar + Kitchen in downtown Sidney, offering big city vibes to a town of 20,000 people.

“We pride ourselves on being the first to the party and doing fun things like putting popsicles in our cocktails and infusing bacon into vodka,” he says. 

The menu at Murphy’s features popular items like the Nashville Hot Chicken, Braised Short Rib Poutine, Murphy’s Wings, and the Hangover Burger, which use local ingredients in their recipes. The restaurant also features weekly appetizer and burger specials so that there’s always something new to taste.

There are 48 taps at Murphy’s as well, featuring Cincinnati beers like Rhinegeist and MadTree. But what makes the taps at Murphy’s unique is that they rotate out the beers, so the beer menu is constantly changing and new options are always available for craft beer lovers to try out. The cocktails at the restaurant are handcrafted and include favorites like the Pineapple Habanero Margarita, the Brown Derby, a French 75, and more like the draft cocktail and crowd favorite the Dreamsicle.

“My goal at Murphy’s is to create an experience, from the moment that customer pulls the handle on the front door I want them to feel as if they are a part of something, something that when they leave they can’t wait to go back,” he says. 

The experience he and his team of millennials offer at Murphy’s is something he hopes to continue to expand upon with future endeavors.

“For the future there are many plans, a couple we are actually working on currently and plan to open within the next year and a half,” he says. “The goal is to really round out all our brands into one hospitality brand; customers will eat at our restaurants, grab a bottle of wine and some gas at Karoc, shop in our retail store, and stay in our hotel.”

You can learn more about Murphy’s on Facebook and Instagram.

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Read about the trio that’s making art for your yard to celebrate a variety of occasions.

Yard Art Girls create art for your yard for a variety of occasions.

Cincy Chic: What is Yard Art Girls?
Michelle Evans-Reynolds, Owner of Yard Art Girls: Yard Art Girls is a local business that provides people with signs and decorations for their yards for special occasions, from weddings and birth announcements to birthdays, even promposals, we have a sign for every occasion. 

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Evans-Reynolds: We got inspired by our youngest Yard Art Girl, Sydney, and her up coming 16th birthday. We knew we wanted to do something special for her, and once we found yard art, we thought “how fun would it be to bring this to other people for their special moments!”

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Yard Art Girls?
Evans-Reynolds: We are a mother and daughter team, Michelle and her two daughters Taylor and Sydney.

Cincy Chic: What type of yard art do you create?
Evans-Reynolds: We are just starting our business but we can create almost anything that people ask for! Some of our most popular ones have been for birthdays and graduations, but we’ve also gotten to be a part of some really exciting moments like a wedding and some really crazy ones like some friends “yard bombing” each other with wacky signs this summer. 

Cincy Chic: What do you enjoy the most about what you do?
Evans-Reynolds: We love creating and sharing special moments with the people we design for. Setting up a sign for a surprise birthday or getting to share a sweet moment with a bride and groom and their on their wedding day are moments that make this fun job even more special!

Cincy Chic: How far do you travel to create yard art?
Evans-Reynolds: Right now we’re only located on the east side of Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic: What makes Yard Art Girls unique?
Evans-Reynolds: Right now there really isn’t another place in our area like Yard Art Girls, especially not a local business! We also like to consider ourselves unique to be a mother and daughter team. We love working together as a family and we love getting to bring something special to every yard we visit.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Evans-Reynolds: This is all very new to us since we just created our business this spring! While we can only imagine things will continue to grow and change, right now we are super happy with where we are at and are looking forward to what we’ve started and watching it blossom.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Evans-Reynolds: Readers can find more information by following us on Facebook and following us on Instagram.

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Our life coach columnist explains how to discover - and eliminate - what’s secretly holding you back from reaching your full potential.

What’s holding you back? What obstacles are limiting you from the ultimate success in your health, wealth, work, and love?

Often the struggle is overcoming barriers.  There are two barriers that I find causes you to not reach your full potential is fear and an upper limiting problem.

When fear shows up it is to protect you.  Or so it thinks. You may find you have a fear of change, a fear of failure, or maybe a fear of taking a chance.  Whatever the fear is find the source.  I use this phrase to tap into my fear so I can understand where it is coming from and quickly release it.

I goes like this: “Hello fear I see you and I know you are False Evidence Appearing Real (F.E.A.R.) and you want to protect me.  What is it you are protecting me from? Then I just listen to what comes up. Often it is something from the past that I have experienced, and it didn’t work out, so I can shift that belief and understand that this time it will be different.

On the other side of fear is where your greatest desire and dreams happen so what else can be holding you back? An upper limiting problem.

The book “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks, is all about Upper Limiting Problem (ULP). The bottom line from this book is if you don’t concur your fear and upper limiting problem you will always stay right where you are. 

How an ULP shows up is when you are feeling good and super happy, then out of the blue you have this manufactured stream of images that are painful and uncomfortable.  

It may appear something like this. You and your friends have an amazing evening enjoying dinner and time away from the kids.  You are feeling alive and blissfully happy.  As you are leaving your friends you begin to have these images of something bad happening. You manufacture in your mind things to sabotage your good feeling because you are not accustomed to this level of fun. You may trigger thoughts of gloom, seeing a loved one hurt, your home catching fire because you left the flatiron on.

When this happens, you manufacture thoughts that make you feel bad. Why, because it brings you back down within the bounds of your limited tolerance. This is the place of safety.  

The shift comes when you are willing to recognize both the fear and upper limiting problem and feel good anyway.  Not allowing fear to run the show and learning to push past those limiting beliefs will provide a clearer path for achieving your true potential and attaining success in all areas of your life including financial, wellness, career and love.

Remember: On the other side of fear and the upper limiting problem will lead to your happiness and fulfillment. You make it happen!

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A Cincinnati-based couple is giving guests the ultimate glamping experience with their pop-up bed and breakfast. Read on to learn more.

Kelly Emilianowicz and her husband Andy are living the dream of traveling the country in a renovated motorhome. As full-time roadtrippers they wanted to give others the same experience they have every day so they launched The Pop Up BNB.

The Pop Up BNB is a luxury glamping experience that procures stylish and fully furnished pop-up accommodations for unique events, getaways, and backyard campouts.

Since they’re always traveling, the Emilianowicz’s pop-up is 100 percent mobile.

“Right now our business travels with us as we travel the country,” she explains. ”We setup, or ’pop-up,’ in a new location every few months. We call these short time periods ’seasons.’ Once we establish an area to operate for a particular season we open up that distance to a 60 mile radius, give or take. Sometimes people contact us wanting to charter our glamping services in a specific area, maybe a future vacation spot they’ve been wanting to discover, and that can sometimes determine our route and location as well.  We are completely bespoke and customize these experiences based on the needs and locations of our guests.”

When you stay with The Pop Up BNB you’ll get a luxurious experience, according to Emilianowicz.

“Included in every stay is a full-service pop-up and tear down of the fully furnished tent,” she says. ”Guests can expect to see luxurious and stylish furnishings as well as many camping items stocked for use during their stay. Each tent setup is completely customizable and items provided depends on the needs and specifications of our guests. While we do have  a plethora of ‘add-on’ items such as a welcome grazing board setup upon arrival or a fun outdoor movie night for the family to enjoy under the stars, we always provide a complimentary breakfast delivered tentside each morning. Which, of course, features hot coffee.”

Emilianowicz says that what makes The Pop Up BNB so unique is that the business is both completely mobile and completely customizable to suit the wants and needs of all their guests.

“If someone is wanting to be setup in a killer location for a family reunion next summer near Yosemite or this fall for a wedding near the ocean, we can feasibly do it,” she says. 

The couple says they love to travel and only need some advance notice to work out the details of a stay for guests.

The pop-up also offers backyard experiences, quite literally.

“We can setup at private residences for people who need the extra space to house out of town guests or people looking for a fun camping experience for the family in their own backyard,” Emilianowicz adds. “There is no one size fits all scenario for our tents, in fact there is not one single size that would fit because every guest is unique and their experiences should be likewise.”

To learn more about The Pop Up BNB, follow along on Instagram. To book a stay, send a direct message on Instagram or check out their Airbnb listing.

“There is no glamping experience too small or too big for us, just reach out and inquire,” she says. “We would love to illustrate your glamping vision.”

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After giving birth to her daughter, a local mom wanted to help give celebrations to all of life’s big and little moments and milestones. Read on to learn more about her new gathering space.

Cincy Chic: What is the Rose Room?
Beth Russell, Founder of the Rose Room and Dinner to Doorbells: The Rose Room at Dinner to Doorbells is a new event space in O’Bryonville that is perfect for small or medium celebrations, meetings, or gatherings. The space is light, airy, and elegant, featuring a mix of regular seating, high top tables, and bar seating. The Rose Room holds up to 30 people seated, and up to 40 for more casual gatherings. Catering is available in-house with a large variety of brunch, lunch, dinner, and light/heavy appetizer options, along with wine and beer. 

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Russell: The Rose Room is inspired by my daughter, Rosie. Since she was born, officially starting our family, I’ve found so much more meaning in celebrating life’s moments and milestones with family and friends. I also have realized how difficult it can be to plan, create, and cook for these celebrations. Our goal is to take all the stress out of planning, and create an event for you and your family that you will remember forever. 

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Russell: The Rose Room is a concept created by the team behind Dinner to Doorbells, a local meal prep and delivery service. When Dinner to Doorbells opened our storefront in this space for ready-made meal takeout, I knew that the space was just too beautiful not to share it with others! We use the Rose Room for both our meal prep business (during the weekday) and events (at night and on the weekends). 

Cincy Chic: Where is the Rose Room located?
Russell: The Rose Room is located at 3009 O’Bryon St in O’Bryonville. We are right off of Madison Rd, next to The BonBonnerie. Paid parking is available in the lot across the street. 

Cincy Chic: What can readers expect when they visit the Rose Room?
Russell: Whatever you are visiting for, you will walk into a space that is bright, cheerful, and elegant. 

If visiting for a private event, the atmosphere is very warm and inviting. It is a wonderful space to share milestones such as birthdays, graduations, baptisms, baby showers, wedding showers, and anniversary celebrations with friends and family. The menus range from casual to more formal, so you can make your event feel exactly right. 

We also hold team meetings, Happy Hours, and other professional events – if you have something in mind, reach out to us! 

If visiting during the weekdays, customers can expect to find a large variety of ready to heat meals, sides, and salads, available for takeout, including our popular Power Pack Meals that focus on healthy eating.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Russell: We are collaborating with several other locally owned food businesses to feature their products for both our catering menus and in-store pickup….lots of fun new products to look forward to!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Rusell: For information on booking The Rose Room for a private event, email info@dinnertodoorbells.com for our packages and pricing. To follow our story, follow along on Instagram and Facebook, and visit dinnertodoorbells.com

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Our life coach columnist talks about over the top behaviors this week and how to make a plan to gain control.

The dreaded negotiations you have with yourself that this time will be different.  I won’t overindulge, overspend, or overconsume – I have total control.

Then it happens.

You’re invited to a dinner.  You plan to limit your food consumption only to realize by the end of the meal you’ve consumed more calories than you had for the entire week.

Or perhaps you go to buy a new sundress for an event, and you end up buying an entire outfit with all the accessories from head to toe, tripling the amount of money you had wanted to spend.

Or one that I am most familiar with from the past is going to a party saying I’m only going to have a couple of drinksto find out later you blacked out and missed half the party.

Ugh! Can you relate?

I refer to this as the dreaded “over-the-top behaviors” that occurs when you mask feelings of scarcity, sadness, guilt, shame and fear.  The conscious mind just wants to go unconscious and numb out to the reality.  

What I have discovered along my journey and in helping others, is to make a plan of action before going into the situation where you tend to get derailed.  

Instead, allow yourself a moment to pause and create a mental image around what you want to receive from the experience –meaning what will you take away afterwardsthe joy, happiness, the laughter, the fun, and how you will remember this evening for weeks to come.  

Then allow a moment to release any troubles or worries from your mind by writing them down on a piece of paper knowing you’ll come back to them but for now you’ll set them aside for the time being.

The intention is to be able to create a plan of action so you can fully engage in the moment without repeating the same “over-the-top behavior.”

Staring from a place of this mindset will release the next day remorse, regret, or self -loathing.  You’ll be glad you took the time to take action prior so you can feel happiness and joy that you controlled a situation that normally controls you.

And from this place of accomplishments and satisfaction you can now go back to the paper that you wrote your troubles and worries and begin to find solutions to those situations and circumstances.  You’ve got this!

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Taproom, restaurant and a luxe movie-viewing experience. That’s what you’ll get at this newly-opened cinema concept in Eastgate. Read on for more.

The newly opened RJ Cinema Distillery & Taproom at Eastgate is both adult and family fun wrapped in one. The entertainment venue offers something for everyone.

Ric Welker, Vice President and General Manager of the Robert James Distillery Brand says it was important to create a place that moms and dads could feel comfortable taking their children.

“We want moms and dads to feel comfortable bringing their kids in for the movies,” he said. “We want it to be a lot of fun for mom and dad too.”

The theater, which opened June 21, is a brewery, distillery, scratch-kitchen, and first-run cinema. Welker adds that the dine-in movie experience allows guests to pick up their order at the counter and enjoy it at their seat, which includes a table, while watching the movie. Additionally, those who are looking for a more adult-focused visit can enjoy their drinks and meals in the taproom before or after the movie.

The uniqueness of the theater isn’t just the alcohol concept, it’s the dining experience as well. The way the food is ordered is similar to what you find at Panera and allows you to be alerted once your food is ready so you don’t have to miss the film.

“Our goal is to provide all of the service with none of the interruption,” Welker says. 

“The taproom seats 185 people, making it big enough to handle both movie-goers and those who stop by for a drink, and there’s room for more in the cinema’s outdoor patio seating,” says Welker.

To learn more about RJ Cinema Distillery & Taproom, visit https://rjcinema.com/ or “like” them on Facebook

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Rustic meets New American fare at this new eatery run by a husband-and-wife team. Click for all the delicious details.

Cincy Chic: What is Crown Republic Gastropub?
Haley Nutter-Sitek and Anthony Sitek, Proprietors behind Crown Republic Gastropub: Crown Republic Gastropub is the place where rustic New American fare meets “made from scratch” cooking with heart. We are inherently intersectional, both literally — at the intersection of Sycamore and 8th Street — and metaphorically. We are where innovation meets tradition; where global meets local. When a customer walks into Crown Republic, we want them to feel welcome, like their at home — even if home is thousands of miles away.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Nutter-Sitek and Sitek: Crown Republic finds inspiration from around the globe and at home.

Sitek: From my time in the kitchen with my grandma, Grace DeMatteo, and cultural traditions that add an eclectic flair to dishes.

Nutter-Sitek: Crown Republic takes pride in creating nearly all of our ingredients in house — including our pasta!

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Nutter-Sitek and Sitek: As Husband and wife, Crown Republic has been our passion project.

Sitek: Haley is a Native Cincinnatian who grew up on a farm in Loveland. She left Ohio and met Anthony in Culinary school. After working her way around Chicago and Rhode Island, Haley saw Cincinnati as not only the perfect place to settle down and raise a family, but also as a burgeoning food scene.

Nutter-Sitek: Before opening Crown Republic, Anthony first discovered his love for farm to table fair in Princeton, New Jersey at the Terra Momo Restaurant Group. Between then and now, Anthony has worked for prestigious chefs and restaurants including the four-star Apeiro Kitchen and Bar in South Florida and Bobby Flay’s Bar American in New York City.

Cincy Chic: What’s on the menu?
Nutter-Sitek and Sitek: The Crown Republic Menu is made up of seasonal, fresh, and made-from-scratch dishes including breakfast, small bites, Avocado and Crab Toast, scratch pastas, and stand out main dishes like their seared salmon with butter braised leeks and smoked walnuts or their crispy pork Milanese.

Cincy Chic: What makes Crown Republic unique?
Nutter-Sitek and Sitek: What makes Crown Republic unique is our attention to hospitality and service. From day one we’ve sought to treat every customer that comes through that door like family. It’s a quality that more easily felt than explained, but could be summed up as ‘good energy.’ At Crown Republic family comes first, and if you aren’t family, you’ll feel like family. At Crown Republic, we know their regulars, we’ve got their spot ready and greet them by name.

Cincy Chic: Where is Crown Republic located?
Nutter-Sitek and Sitek: Crown Republic is located on the corner of Sycamore and 8th Street, across from Arnold’s Bar and Grill.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Nutter-Sitek and Sitek: Up next, we can’t wait to find new ways to bring people together over great food and even better company.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Nutter-Sitek and Sitek: For more information like Crown Republic Gastropub on facebook.com/crownrepublicgastropub or on Instagram.

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It’s a question our life coach columnist gets often. Read on as she explains what a life coach is, what they do, and the range of ways they can help.

Are you considering hiring a life coach? Do you even know what a life coach does?  Are you curious and wondered what it would be like for YOU? 

Perhaps the therapist you hired isn’t really clicking with you or you find family and friends aren’t offering the best support or advise.

Here’s what you can expect:

A life coach provides objective guidance and isn’t trying to “fix” anything.

A life coach supports you unconditionally and has you in their best interest.

A life coach is someone that offers you the time and space to really speak about your life and discover deeper awareness and answers to what might be keeping you in fear, doubt, uncertainty or lack of direction, confidence and support in all areas of your life.  

A life coach effectively guides the conversation to produce results asking questions that maybe you’ve not considered and leads with questions so you can find clarity and understanding

Added Bonuses for having a life coach is not only the positive impact that a life coach has on your life it also includes:

on-going source of support

doesn’t have an opinion or emotional investment in your decisions who can give you truly objective guidance

building your confidence and productivity

offering accountability and follow through

moves you forward – from stuck to unstoppable

During the coaching sessions, a life coach will listen and ask questions to identify and discuss the pain points that you may not see because when you’re in “it” sometimes its challenging to see for yourself objectively.  The coach will further ask the questions to dig deep, find the root, and clear patterns that perhaps you don’t see.

As you can see, working with a life coach is super powerful. Connecting weekly and messaging in between is how I like to support my clients and a program designed specifically to fit your needs depending on what you want to achieve.  

I know that how you do one thing is how you do all things so topics may include but not limited to: work, career, health, wellness, financial, relationships, fitness, or life in general to name a few.

You Make It Happen – and being supported on your journey unconditionally allows you to move beyond the obstacles and get busy living the life of your dreams. 

I actually offer a free 20-minute call for anyone considering a life coach. It’s a great way for us to get to know each other, and for you to feel confident without making any commitments. Click here to make an appointment for that free consultation if you’re interested.

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It’s an unpredictable blend of teen romance and superhero action, but does this new flick spin a web of must-see Marvel adventure?

 

“Hi there … We’re getting ready to make a lot of money together for a major Hollywood studio!” Peter Parker (Tom Holland, center) gets introduced to Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal, right) while Nick Fury’s assistant soldier Dmitri (Numan Acar, far left) in a scene from SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME. Credit: Jay Maidment © 2019 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:

 

KEY CAST MEMBERS: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Favreau, Jacob Balaton, Zendaya, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Angourie Rice, J.B. Smoove, Martin Starr, Tony Revolori, Remy Hii and Marisa Tomei

DIRECTOR(S): Jon Watts

THE BACK STORY: Still reeling from the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home finds Peter Parker (Tom Holland) still attempting to get over the [SPOILER ALERT – BUT YOU’VE HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO FIND THIS OUT!] death of his mentor Tony Stark. Now, Tony’s trusted right hand man Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) is trying to help Peter progress and move forward; Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), on the other hand, are hoping to talk to him about the Elementals, a threat that just popped up in Mexico and may be moving in to more spots around the globe. 

Peter, however, has one thing on his mind – well two, if you count his suspicious about what his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) may be up to in her free time – and that’s his upcoming class trip to Europe with Ned (Jacob Balaton), MJ (Zendaya), Flash (Tony Revolori), Betty (Angourie Rice), Brad (Remy Hii) and their science teachers/chaperones Mr. Harrington (Martin Starr) and Mr. Bell (J.B. Smoove). Unfortunately for Peter, (1) Nick Fury isn’t going to take kindly to him trying to ghost his calls; (2) Brad – who grew up quite a bit in the 5 years after “the blip” – has his eyes on MJ, too and (3) It seems like that disturbance in Mexico seems to be heading towards Europe.

But luckily for Peter, he’s about to get some help in form of a soldier from an alternate Earth who has come to fights the Elementals by the name of Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal) … Or, as the world will soon come to know him, Mysterio …

THE REVIEW: Given all that happened in the latter movie, many fans were shocked to learn that it would be Spider-Man: Far From Home and not Avengers: Endgame that would wrap up Marvel’s Phase Three plans. It would almost seem that by doing so, Far From Home would have an immense amount of pressure to live up to, especially since a year is slated to pass before Marvel drops another film on the public. But this is Marvel we’re talking about, which means there is no way they were going to let Sony Pictures let one of its most iconic characters go out and make the studio nor Iron Man down.

In other words, Far From Home lives up to expectations and then some with a well-crafted story, action sequences, plenty of humor and a game-changing ending worthy of passing the torch from Tony Stark to Peter Parker.

Given that longtime fans of the character have already watched Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield attempt to carve out their own niche as Spider-Man, Holland may now own the mantle as the definitive actor to play him – Far From Home serving as his greatest showcase to date. Exhibiting the classic naiveté of a teenager at times as he still tries to understand of what he is fully capable both as a superhero and a young man with his eye on a girl, Holland also shows all of the classic comic book elements that made Spider-Man such a big deal in the first place in terms of his humor, creativity and strength when he is forced to step up and go to battle. His interactions with his all of co-stars only serve to enhance these facets of the character as his ragtag group of fellow students feels perfectly cast with Balaton, Zendaya, Revolori, Hii and Rice all adding perfectly to the story.

Likewise, the adults more than come through in Far From Home with their respective roles. While you’re never really going to ever go wrong with Jackson doing Jackson-like things for two hours as Nick Fury with Smulders exhibiting a calm cool as his second-in-command, Favreau keeps his comedy contingency high while adding as a bit of diet Stark to whom Holland’s Parker can vent his frustrations. Tomei keeps finding ways to make the cinematic version of Aunt May more interesting she’s ever been and Gyllenhaal expertly exhibits all of the elements of his character ala the way Michael Keaton did in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Director Jon Watts (who co-wrote the film with Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers) proves his previous work with Spider-Man wasn’t a fluke, as Far From Home steps up everything the aforementioned Homecoming does in terms of pacing, humor, peril, general storytelling and visual engagement well. The film never feels as long as its 2 hour, 15 minute running time, no moments feel wasted and his ability to get everything he needs in the moment out of his actors definitely pays dividends with the finished product. In short, Watts and co. have done the thing that is very hard to do with any superhero story, let alone a movie in general: Craft a tale that satisfies every need with a cast that you won’t spend time second-guessing if they were right for the role and a story that contains enough original, organic moments combined “oh – didn’t see that coming!” ones to tie into the larger world (in this case, the Marvel Cinematic Universe / MCU for short) while still being its own unique thing.

So while the character himself may be far from home, the latest Spider-Man movie proves that when it comes to the future of the MCU, he’s definitely found one as long as Holland, Watts and co. can continue to deliver quality stories like this.

OVERALL RATING (OUT OF FOUR POSSIBLE BUCKETS OF POPCORN):