Some Assembling Required

Oh, you know what’s coming.

The Avengers“:  The four-year tease that started with “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk” reaches fruition with Joss Whedon’s tremendously entertaining blockbuster, which functions as an entry in four different franchises and as its own super-sized adventure. Also, Tom Hiddleston should be in everything.

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”: Elderly British people are revitalized by the exotic allure of a foreign land in John Madden’s crowd-pleaser. Glenn gives it a conditional pass for the cast, because he’s a generous person.

“Detachment”: Self-proclaimed iconoclast Tony Kaye takes on the American educational system with this drama about a substitute teacher (Adrien Brody) trying to make a difference, or something, in New York. Susan says it’s as compelling as a car wreck, which is how I’d describe Kaye’s first feature, “American History X”.

Headhunters“:  Norwegian star Aksel Hennie (“Uno”, “Max Manus: Man of War”) has a grand time as an art thief targeted by a well-coiffed maniac (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, of “New Amsterdam” and “Game of Thrones”) in Morten Tyldum’s delirious cat-and-mouse thriller. Icky, messy fun.

“Planet Yoga”:  Did you know that yoga is relaxing and fitness-friendly? You did? Good for you, then! Apparently that’s all you get from this feature documentary, which Rad hated with the fire of a thousand suns.

There, that’s everything. Oh, except this: In honor of International Star Wars Day, MSN asked me to rank the very best characters in George Lucas’ epic space opera. So I did. Your mileage may vary, of course.

May the 4th be with you …

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