The Amazing Spider-Man
2012, Sony, PG-13, $31; DVD+Blu-ray, $41
Awkward teenager Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is bitten by a genetically altered lab spider and develops enhanced speed and strength and other spiderlike abilities. Parker, who was abandoned by his parents just before they died in a plane crash, confronts his scientist father's former partner, Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), whose experiments cause him to transform into a human lizard. The hero has to fight him, unravel his own past and maintain his budding love for Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). USA TODAY's Claudia Puig says: * * * out of four
Your Sister's Sister
2012, IFC Films, R, $25; Blu-ray, $30
Jack (Mark Duplass), who is having a hard time dealing with his brother's death, accepts his friend Iris' (Emily Blunt) offer to spend a weekend alone at her father's cabin. Unbeknownst to them, her lesbian sister, Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), has moved in after a breakup. She and Jack have a brief tryst, but when Iris arrives unexpectedly, they try to keep their secret. Iris confesses she loves Jack and the trio have to untangle a mess of emotions. Puig: * * * *
2011, IFC Films, R, $25
This British film based on Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D'Ubervilles is set in a rural village in Rajasthan, India. Local Trishna (Freida Pinto) meets and falls in love with wealthy young British businessman Jay Singh (Riz Ahmed). But their love is tested by differences in social status, family pressures and cultural traditions.
Even the Rain
2011, Image Entertainment, not rated, $28
A Mexican director (Gael García Bernal) and his producer (Luis Tosar) come to Bolivia to make a film about Christopher Columbus' conquest of the Americas. They find themselves in the middle of 2000's Cochabamba protests over the privatization of municipal water, of which their star actor (Juan Carlos Aduviri) is a ringleader.