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Aug 192014

photo for Ho-hum. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” continues the rebooting of the Spider-Man saga, with Andrew Garfield again reprising his role as “Spidey” and Emma Stone co-starring as Parker/Spider-Man’s girlfriend Gwen Stacy. But there’s something missing here; there’s just not enough oomph, even with formidable special-effects villains Electro (Jamie Foxx), Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) and The Rhino (Paul Giamatti), and despite an emphasis on the back story and the disappearance of Parker’s parents. It’s all pretty predictable and, at times — especially in the scenes between Parker/Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy — boring. There’s no sense of humor, no spaciousness here, no surprises; it’s all too formulaic. Spidey is stuck in a claustrophobic web of his own making. And, boy, do we miss the sexy Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson. Extras: Four deleted scenes, filmmaker commentary, Alicia Keys’ “It’s On Again” music video. Blu-ray adds six-part, behind-the-scenes documentary “The Wages of Heroism: Making The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” nine additional deleted scenes (including “Peter Meets His Father.”) Vitals: Director: Marc Webb. Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Dane DeHaan, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Colm Feore, Chris Cooper, Marton Csokas, Chris Zylka, Frank Deal. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 142 min., Action, Box office gross: $202.084 million, Sony. 2 stars

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