‘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.