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Kyla’s Movie Review

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (PG-13) - Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Embeth Davidtz and Campbell Scott. This is the sequel to the 2012 reboot. This installment focuses on how Peter Parker (Garfield) completes the transition from teenage superhero to adulthood. He and Gwen Stacy (Stone) are graduating high school at the start of the film, and he’s haunted by his promise to her late father to leave her alone and not risk her life. Indeed, he’s late to graduation because he’s battling a villain (Giamatti), who will become a major villain but barely appears in this film. Along the way he rescues people, usually with a kind word, and this makes the day of nerdy Max Dillon (Foxx), who is abused and neglected by his bosses and colleagues at Oscorp. Through one of those freak accidents that only occur in comic books, Max is transformed into the super-charged villain Electro. Electro isn’t the real villain of the story, which is Oscorp, now run by Peter’s old pal Harry Osborn (DeHaan) who, in trying to save his own life from a fatal illness, is about to become another super villain. The focus of this film is preparing Peter Parker to be more than a guy swinging through the city on his artificial webs, but someone trying to figure out his place in the world. Garfield is a plus and the special effects are thrilling. RATING: B

RIO 2 (G) - Starring the talented voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Miguel Ferrer, Jamie Foxx, Andy Garcia, Anne Hathaway, Jemaine Clement, Kristin Chenoweth, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Bruno Mars, Rita Moreno and Tracy Morgan. This is the sequel to the 2011 hit. This installment follows the perilous adventures of the rare blue macaws Blu (Eisenberg) and Jewel (Hathaway) and their offspring as they leave urban Rio life for a chaotic trip to Amazon rainforest country. In the jungle, the birds’ sympathetic human protectors, Linda and Tulio (now married), have discovered more endangered blue macaws. Jewel senses an opportunity to reconnect to her roots, even before she learns her father is alive and missing his daughter. The sequel throws the bird outside his latest comfort zone. Armed with a GPS and a fanny pack, the anxious urbanite Blu faces an onslaught of trouble. There’s Nigel, the vicious cockatoo (Clement) and a mute aardvark and a pink frog (Chenoweth). This offers the same approach to the story as did the first movie. A little conflict, followed by domestic strife and reasons for Blu to panic, followed by another ensemble samba number. RATING: C

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