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Film, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2": At Least As Many Villains As the <i>Other</i> Second Spider-Man Movie

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2": At Least As Many Villains As the Other Second Spider-Man Movie

The demands of developing a serialized franchise take precedence over coherent drama in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a scatterbrained sequel that's so busy establishing future installments — and the dynamics that will drive them — that it functions as an…
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Film, "The Amazing Spider-Man": The Spider Becomes a Man -- and a Joy

"The Amazing Spider-Man": The Spider Becomes a Man -- and a Joy

The Amazing Spider-Man, an inexcusably good reboot from director Marc Webb, celebrates the heartwarming arachno-genetic bar mitzvah in which a boy becomes a spider, and a spider becomes a man, a rite of passage last observed in Sam Raimi's uneven…
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Film, <i>(500) Days of Summer</i>: a love story in a blender

(500) Days of Summer: a love story in a blender

On the surface, (500) Days of Summer really is no different than, oh, let's say, The Proposal, in which Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock spun box-office gold from romantic comedy's refrigerator fuzz. Former music-video maker Marc Webb's feature debut is…
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