The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ★★½

The good:
The best special f/x of the series so far. Andrew Garfield still has a likability index that is off the charts. The plot doesn't suck...there's just too much of it.
The bad: Marc Webb is a lousy director of actors, although he's pretty good at action scenes. It's another stupid, nonsensical comic book flick, and the marking-time, middle film of a trilogy to boot.
The ugly: All three major villains (Electro, Green Goblin and Alexei) are ugly and overdone; but Paul Giamatti leads the field.