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The Amazing Spider-Man; Arthur Christmas; The Lorax; The Penguin King

With Sam Raimi's Spider-Man outings still fresh in the mind (his troubled third instalment was as recent as 2007), one might expect a hot-on-the-heels series reboot to bring something audaciously new and revolutionary to the table, in the manner of Chris Nolan's game-changing The Dark Knight. Remarkable, then, that The Amazing Spider-Man (2012, Sony, 12) adheres so closely to the template that Raimi established only a decade ago, albeit in a shinier and occasionally more self-consciously "smart" fashion. While (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb talked of a more down-to-earth view of the parentless Peter Parker's struggles with angst and adolescence, there's little in this enjoyable romp that hasn't been touched upon in previous instalments – for all their kinetic frenzy, Raimi's films never lost sight of Peter's very personal problems. What you get is a well told origins tale that draws »

- Mark Kermode

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