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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (May 2): Andrew Garfield
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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (May 2): Andrew Garfield returns as the web-slinger, this time battling Electro (Jamie Foxx). Dane DeHaan, of "Kill Your Darlings," plays Spidey's frenemy Harry Osborn; Emma Stone returns as Gwen Stacy.(Credit: Columbia Pictures)

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Must-see movies: Summer 2014

Summer movie season began in earnest May 2 with "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," the only new major-studio movie opening in theaters. Savor this relatively quiet moment, because the coming weeks will be crowded with two, three, four and even five nationwide releases.

The summer's overall lineup is more varied than you might expect. Superheroes abound, of course, but some come with a twist: Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" and Paramount's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" appear to be offering laughs as well as action. There also are musical movies ("Jersey Boys," the James Brown biopic "Get on Up"), food movies ("Chef," "The Hundred-Foot Journey") and even a comedy Western from Seth MacFarlane. Action fare ranges from "The Expendables 3" to the Scarlett Johansson vehicle "Lucy." And almost one year to the day after the premiere of his Oscar-winning "Blue Jasmine," Woody Allen returns with a new film, "Magic in the Moonlight."

If nothing in the next few months strikes your fancy, you may not be looking hard enough. Here is a look at some of this summer's biggest movies.