The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Locke, Wrinkles: this week's new films

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (12A) (Marc Webb, 2014, US) Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field. 142 mins

Reading this on mobile? Click here to viewThe sequel to the reboot slings a lot of webs but not all of them stick. In fact, it feels like several movies squeezed into one, with Foxx's super-baddie Electro, DeHaan's embryonic Green Goblin and Parker's parents' deaths, not to mention his off-duty relationship problems with Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy. The latter are far more effective than all the green-screen mayhem interrupting them, but Garfield's charm disappears once he puts the mask on.

Locke (15)
(Steven Knight, 2013, UK/US) Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson. 85 mins

The wheels come off Hardy's life over the course of a night-time drive in this sleek, bravely minimal one-man drama. The claustrophobic premise is alleviated by speakerphone conversations and monologues revealing the roots of this Welsh engineer's despair.

Wrinkles (15)
(Ignacio Ferreras, 2011, Spa) Martin Sheen, Matthew Modine, George Coe. 87 mins

Dwindling mental faculties in an elderly care home may not sound like a fun night out, but there's great wisdom and empathy in this detailed animation, and more than a touch of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest-style mischief.

We Are The Best! (15)
(Lukas Moodysson, 2013, Swe) Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoyne. 102 mins

Teenage solidarity with a rebel yell as Moodysson returns to the accessible mode of his earlier films. Following three 1980s schoolgirls who decide to form a punk band, it's an affectionate mix of satire and sincerity.

The Love Punch (12A)
(Joel Hopkins, 2013, Fra) Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Spall. 94 mins

Grumpy old Brits seek to fund their retirement with a French diamond heist in a weak, senior-targeted farce.

Reaching For The Moon (12)
(Bruno Barreto, 2013, Bra) Miranda Otto, Glória Pires, Tracy Middendorf. 114 mins

An unorthodox lesbian love affair between a US poet and a Brazilian architect is presented in a conventional glossy format.

Magic Magic (15)
(Sebastián Silva, 2013, Chile/US) Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning. 96 mins

Temple's Chilean country break turns towards psychological meltdown (with help from a creepy Cera) in this disorienting Polanski-esque horror.

The Sea (12A)
(Stephen Brown, 2013, Ire/UK) Ciarán Hinds, Bonnie Wright, Natascha McElhone. 86 mins

A return to the sea immerses Hinds in past traumas in this adaptation of John Banville's novel, which struggles to make a comparable impression.

2 States (PG)
(Abhishek Varman, 2014, Ind) Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amrita Singh. 149 mins

He's from Punjab, she's from Chennai. Cross-cultural comedy ensues.

East Of Eden/Rebel Without A Cause/Giant (PG)
(Elia Kazan/Nicholas Ray/George Stevens, 1955/1956, US) 115/111/210 mins

Restored versions of James Dean's three classics.

Out from Friday

Super Duper Alice Cooper

A look back at the career of the glam-metal ornithologist.

The Other Woman

Cameron Diaz gets even with her cheating partner.


Mia Wasikowska takes a solo camel trek.


Johnny Depp goes viral in this sci-fi.


Joanna Hogg studies two London artists.

An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker

A Roma family experience racism.

The Informant

Gibraltar-set Gallic crime thriller.

Looking For Light: Jane Bown

The Observer photographer looks back on her career.


Israeli friends go for Eurovision glory.

We Are The Freaks

British teen frolic.

You & Me Forever

Danish coming-of-age drama.

After The Night

Realist thriller set in Lisbon.

Identity Card

Kashmir's troubles as viewed by a detained Delhi journalist.

Coming soon

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Powered by article was written by Steve Rose, for The Guardian on Saturday 19th April 2014 06.00 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010