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Zoë Saldana, Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista in “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Photo: Marvel

Quick Take: The A-Team

Guardians of the Galaxy: The film gets a big boost from its laidback style, golden oldies soundtrack and charming performances.

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Anita Björk and Ulf Palme in “Miss Julie”. Photo: Sandrews

Review: A Midsummer Nightmare

Miss Julie: Who isn’t tempted by a film that shows love as twisted, dark and irresistible as this one?

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Juliette Binoche in “A Thousand Times Good Night”. Photo: Paradox

Quick Take: War is Home

A Thousand Times Good Night: Well-acted, but settles too often for the expected.

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Dwayne Johnson in “Hercules”. Photo: Paramount

Quick Take: A 13th Labor

Hercules: Far from heavy-handed, the film benefits from laidback performances by Dwayne Johnson and his crew.

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Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz in “Sex Tape”. Photo: Columbia

Quick Take: F***ed by the Cloud

Sex Tape: We may sympathize… but there are no laughs here.

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“True Blood”. Photo: HBO

Note to the GOP: The World is Burning

Sometimes I get the feeling that politicians and pundits (including Ted Cruz and Laura Ingraham) are not part of the real world.

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Elaine Stritch and Alec Baldwin on “30 Rock”. Photo: NBC

Elaine Stritch Beyond 30 Rock

She was absolutely hilarious as Alec Baldwin’s acid mother on that show. But of course, I know somewhere at the back of my head that she was a lot more than that.