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‘The Amazing Spider Man,' ‘The Dark Knight Rises,' & 'The Bourne Legacy'

This summer at the movies was the season of franchises. Spider-Man spun himself into a new series, though the older one, with Tobey Maguire, was completed only five years ago. Christopher Nolan’s Batman trio reached its final installment, and Jeremy Renner inherited the Bourne legacy. But the desire to keep a lucrative thing going isn’t enough to pump life into a new movie, and the question persists: Is there a real story here?

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.