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SPIDER-MAN 2 Alfred Molina's Doc Ock violently interrupts the Peter-MJ chemistry -- nice! Afterward, there's lotsa web swinging -- boring! B -- THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK So Vin Diesel gets $12.5 million for a ''Pitch Black'' sequel... and Judi Dench dominates the trailer? No complaints here. C+

HELLBOY I nominate Ron Perlman's prosthetic chin for a Trailer Oscar. Its bulky preposterousness promises good, stupid comics-based fun. B

SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW Sleek '30s deco aeroplanes! Giant robots! Kinda makes you nostalgic for ''the future.'' A

THE LADYKILLERS Drawls Tom Hanks' genteel hood in this Dixie-set Coen Bros. caper: ''We must all have waffles, forthwith.'' 'Nuff said. B+

SON OF THE MASK The sequel no one's been waiting for spotlights a dancing baby. That's not just creepy, it's last year's creepy.

Originally posted Jan 16, 2004 Published in issue #746 Jan 16, 2004 Order article reprints