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Imran H. Khan

Sticky icky is back in Spider-Man 3, and this time he's not alone. Throughout the spidery sequences, we have seen the metamorphosis of Peter Parker played by the talented Tobey Maguire. Form being a nobody to the friendly neighbourhood spider, Parker has always been on the lookout to keep his identity hidden, specially from the love of his life M.J. starring none other than the gorgeous Kirsten Dunst. Spidy has finally managed to strike a balance between his super human activities and his love for M.J. now that his identity has been revealed. But there is no rest for the superhero as a new dilemma takes form. His suit suddenly gets a will of its own, changing colour and giving Spider-Man a new character, Venom. As the comic book went, Spidy's costume was a sentient alien symbiote that wished fuse into Parker bringing out his dark side. The movie will probably tell the same story. Venom will be the dark, vengeful side of his personality that he will struggle to control. Under the influence of the suit, Peter becomes overconfident and starts to neglect the people who love him. Peter is finally in a struggle to choose, the empowering adrenalin rush which the suit gives him, or remaining the sympathetic hero that he once was. To make his struggle a little difficult, the fearsome Sandman is thrown into the equation, which can only sum up to one thing for Spider-Man: retribution.

Las Vegas showroom magician Cris Johnson (Nicolas Cage) has a secret. He can look a little into the future. As a child, Cris underwent a series of examinations, both for the sake of science and the interest of the government. He now keeps a low profile under an assumed name in Vegas, performing cheap tricks for a living. The thrill begins when a terrorist group threatens to detonate a nuclear device in Los Angeles and government agent Callie Ferris (Julianne Moore) takes Cris into confidence to help stop the cataclysm. It's a similar role to the Mike Figgis' Leaving Las Vegas (1995) where Cage delivered an uncharacteristically subtle yet astounding performance as a suicidal, alcoholic writer. Cage has not only bagged phenomenal acclaim, but also close to every possible award, including a Best Actor Academy Award. This year, Cage also starred as the comic book character of Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider. 2007 could yet again prove another phenomenal year for the one and only, Nicolas Cage.


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