How do 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' and '22 Jump Street' measure up?
Director: Sam Raimi
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, James Franco, Rosemary Harris, Donna Murphy
Why it's better: While I'm not the biggest fan of Raimi's webcrawler trilogy overall, "Spider-Man 2" is a vast improvement on the first film, which was bogged down by an overly-cartoonish villain and some rather unconvincing CGI work during the "swinging through the city" scenes. The sequel benefits greatly from Alfred Molina's turn as Doctor Octopus - an altogether more interesting antagonist both visually and thematically - in addition to a madcap sense of fun that felt sorely lacking in the origin-heavy first movie.
- Chris Eggertsen