The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Released: May 2nd, 2014
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx
Director: Marc Webb
Tomatometer reading: 53%
Why it's better than it looks: Amazing Spider-Man 2 goes down in flames. After the first installment failed to splash like any of the the original Spider-Man movies, Webb stuffed his sequel like a turducken. There are countless villains, preposterous twists, inert setup for spinoffs that would never come, and prismatic fight sequences backed by Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, and Johnny Marr's wailing soundtrack. Amazing Spider-Man 2 provides alternative to the Marvel Universe's interlocking coherency and DC Comics' grimdark epicness, action exaggerated for maximum lunacy. This wasn't the Spider-Man critics expected, and the reviews piled on accordingly.
Where to see it: Rent on iTunes, Amazon, PlayStation Video, and YouTube