New DVD releases

08/21/2014 12:00 AM

08/20/2014 10:48 AM

‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

Spidey battles three foes while trying to work out his love life. Andrew Garfield stars. Overall, the film is an entertaining, high-flying action film that reflects the events that have unfolded in the world of Marvel Comics as closely as any comic-book-inspired film. It finds strength in how much more comfortable Garfield is playing the web-spinner, but it loses energy with some of the villains.

Director Marc Webb, who also directed “The Amazing Spider-Man,” does a solid job of staging both the big action and emotional scenes. He also gives the movie a kinetic flow, accented by sweeping scenes of Spider-Man sailing through the air that are so good they don’t need 3-D to be exciting.

Also out this week

“The Quiet Ones”: Bad things happen when a professor and his students set out to cure a disturbed patient.

“Leviathan”: The 1989 film is now available on Blu-ray.

Entertainment Videos

Join the Discussion

Charlotte Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service