The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Amazing is a word so overused it no longer has any impact, which makes it the perfect adjective for this second installment of the second franchise based on the Marvel Comics superhero. The Green Goblin, featured in the first installment of the first franchise back in 2002, returns for another go-round, though Spider-Man spends most of the movie contending with the high-voltage Electro (Jamie Foxx), whose attack on Times Square is the central action sequence. As the hero and his adolescent alter-ego, Andrew Garfield continues to be the new series’ most valuable player; his tender, modestly written scenes with Sally Field as his widowed aunt and with Emma Stone as his best girl offer a welcome respite from the spectacle. That’s about all I can think of at the moment—imagine how tough this will be once we get to the third installment of the third franchise. Marc Webb directed; with Dane DeHaan and Paul Giamatti.