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SPIDER-MAN 3 Opens May 4

The year's first surefire blockbuster lives up to its hype. Having saved Gotham while battling a severe case of teen angst, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is now a citywide celebrity as Spidey, with a swelled head to match. Enter a mess of nemeses, some old (James Franco as Harry Osborn), some new to the film series (Topher Grace as Venom, Thomas Haden Church as Sandman). For all the zippy fights and persuasive visual effects, SM3 is essentially a relationship movie, and a very sensitive one, about male-female and male-male bonding--it must set an all-time record...

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