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Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 05/03/2012

‘The Avengers’ and more new movies

Actors Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo are shown in a scene from "The Avengers." (The Avengers, assembled. | Marvel Studios via Reuters)
In this week’s new movies, the much anticipated superhero ensemble flick “Marvel’s The Avengers” hits area theaters and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is too bland to constitute quality entertainment. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

The Avengers” (PG-13) “‘The Avengers’ has been executed with all the reverence the super-fans demand, as well as the winking, self-referential humor that has made it palatable for filmgoers disinclined to take a bunch of grown men dressed in spangles and spandex so very seriously.” — Ann Hornaday

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (PG-13) “A blandly middling crowd pleaser, ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ follows a group of seven English retirees who have taken up residence in a seedy Indian boarding house. The entertainment that one is able to derive from it is directly proportional to the appeal of each character. Those levels vary widely.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Restless City” (R) “It might not be obvious from the title, but "Restless City" possesses a poetic, contemplative sensibility as attuned to the vagrant beauty of polyglot urban life as to its chaotic unpredictability.” — Ann Hornaday

“Free Men” (Unrated) “Set in the community of Arab immigrants in Nazi-occupied Paris, ‘Free Men’ is not just another Holocaust drama.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story” (Unrated) “Although the film is an enlightening and engaging journey, it trades in overt sentimentality and looks at Netanyahu's shortcomings the way a potential employee might describe his weaknesses in a job interview - he just cared too much.” — Stephanie Merry

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