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What's to Like About 'Spider-Man 3'?

Spider-Man 3 can't decide if Spider-Man is silly, dangerous, in control or possessed.

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Spidey, Oedipus, Jesus, & Platonic Love

Spider-man III was by far the most exciting Hollywood political critique of the Bush doctrine, reiterating the value of dialogue, cooperation and coalition.

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Part 5: Toy Story 2 to Titus (November - December 1999)

On this final day of PopMatters' 1999 overview, awards season hype gives way to pure acting prowess and definitive directorial flair.

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The Ice Storm

The general fuzzed-out sense of malaise that Lee is able to tap into while exploring the Nixon-era sexual revolution (and repression and adventure), creates a point of view that both ruthlessly observes and empathizes with these alien suburbanites.

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The Good German (2006)

Instead of a deeply involving present-tense drama, we get an essay on how such dramas used to look and work.

Brian Holcomb
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Almighty Spidey spins out records

Joe Gould and David Hinckley
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Spider-Man 3 (2007)

The point of Spider-Man 3, underscored by all the posters, trailers, and buzz, is black Spidey.

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A Guide to All Things Spider-Man

Before you see Spider-Man 3, there's a few things you should know about the spider's lair. So go ahead, get tangled up in this extensive guide to Spider-Man's wonderful world-wide web.

Aaron Sagers, Ethan Alter, Kelly Federico
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Monkey Business (Part 1: May)

Talk about frontloading your approach. Each week in this first full month of patented popcorn movies finds another famous franchise icon making a major blockbuster bow. Only truly disastrous results from these guaranteed crowd-pleasers will keep the coffers from clogging with cash.

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Spider-Man 2.1 - Unrated, Extended Cut (2004)

While Spider-Man 2.1 may add a few more dollars to the company coffers, it's definitely not doing the Spider Man series – or the digital domain – any real favors.

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The Good German (2006)

The Good German's visual evocations of 1940s movies only underscore its many deconstructions, of nostalgia, heroism, and political coherence.

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Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Uncomfortable with his abilities (they have come on him like a virus), Peter repeatedly returns to his central question: Who am I?"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Though Spider-Man plainly enjoys saving kids from danger and even instructing them ('Hey you guys! No playing in the street'), he also longs for a more regular, selfish life.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Spider-Man: Deluxe Edition (2003)

On screen, Spider-Man necessarily becomes more literal, less imaginative.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Seabiscuit (2003)

Engaging viewers emotionally, in a way that the rest of the summer's car chases and explosions can't even imagine doing, the racing scenes create an exhilarating rhythm for Seabiscuit's story.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Don's Plum (1995)

And so the clichés begin.

Nikki Tranter
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Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man doesn't get caught up in its own snazzy special effects.

Todd R. Ramlow
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