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May 6, 2007

What a tangled web 'Spider-Man 3' weaves

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The rules as to what Sandman can and cannot do are still sort of baffling - Spider-Man can punch a hole through Sandman, but Sandman can turn himself into a wind-whipped storm and carry away large objects. Perhaps some of you fanboys out there, who surely will go out of your way to eviscerate any critic who dares trash your beloved movie, could be kind enough to share some enlightenment.



Church's blue-eyed, chiseled looks made him the ultimate carefree party boy in "Sideways." They make him equally believable here as a troubled but fundamentally decent guy who's done some bad things - and, of course, seeks forgiveness.



Peter, too, must deliver some mea culpas for his egregious behavior, and find a way to accept them from others for past transgressions that return to the fore. By the time "Spider-Man 3" ends, countess tears have been shed, story lines have wrapped up and minutes have dragged by - and the potential for "Spider-Man 4" has been clearly established.



It all could end right here, though, and it should: as a trilogy, one that isn't necessarily satisfying, but at least provides a sense that the web has been neatly completed.

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