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Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 07/05/2012

‘Spider-Man,’ Oliver Stone’s ‘Savages’ and more new movies

Andrew Garfield stars as Peter Parker in "The Amazing Spider-Man." (Jaimie Trueblood)
In this week’s new movies, “The Amazing Spider-Man” looks awfully familiar, while Oliver Stone’s “Savages” recalls the hyper-violence of “Natural Born Killers.” Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) “For its first hour (and, sorry to say, there is a first hour to this almost 2 1 / 2-hour tushie tingler), ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ subjects viewers to an origin story that they either already know or will find soporifically drab and draggy.” — Ann Hornaday

Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13) “With its intimations of Mark Twain, Maurice Sendak and Terrence Malick, ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ wears its antecedents proudly, if self-consciously.” — Ann Hornaday

Katy Perry: Part of Me (PG) “If the 3-D documentary can be trusted, the record-setting pop star is not just a blue-haired doll-person but also a goofy, sweet and spacey-yet-savvy singer whose main concern is turning average people into candy-coated smile flowers.” — Stephanie Merry

Savages (R) “A candy-colored black valentine to titillation, garish brutality and groovy post-fin-de-siecle excess, this ode to cinema’s most exploitative pleasures finds Oliver Stone chronicling America’s dark side at its most sun-kissed.” — Ann Hornaday

Whores’ Glory (Not rated) “‘Whores’ Glory,’ a sad, stark look at prostitution around the world, is unusual by the standards of contemporary documentary in that its filmmaker, Michael Glawogger (‘Workingman’s Death’), for the most part disappears.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Take This Waltz (R) “Filmmaker Sarah Polley’s ‘Take This Waltz’ is the anatomy of a love triangle, in some ways reminiscent of the actress-filmmaker’s sensitive directorial debut, ‘Away From Her.’” — Michael O’Sullivan

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