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Spider-man 2
(2004)

Sam Raimi gets to be more like the Raimi of old, and some of the sequences (Doc Ock's first experiment, his "birth" and the cafe scene with Peter and Mary Jane) are breathtaking examples of technique. 

Where it's more pedestrian is in the plotting, which follows the A to B route that most superhero movies take. It's never less than exciting and visually impressive (though the CG character work occasionally lets the side down) but there's no real reason a superhero movie can't do something interesting rather than just getting straight down to the villain trying to kill the hero. 

J K Simmons steals every scene he's in (his reaction to Parker's request for an advance is perfection).

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