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Tom Doty Times Columnist

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One major box office hit and some great television hit the shelves this week, just in time to catch up before the fall season.

“Amazing Spiderman 2” — Andrew Garfield’s run as the web-slinger continues with this second installment that is freed from having to retell the Spiderman origin story. Garfield continues to make for a more snarky hero, and that’s good because the humor helps the movie over a small slump in the second half. This time around you get a bunch of villains, with Jamie Foxx taking center stage as Electro. There is a nice cameo for The Rhino, but the best bits come towards the end, as Harry Osborn becomes the Green Goblin.

“The Good Wife: Season 5” — The law offices of Lockhart Gardener get rocked this season with tragedy and change. Despite a few clunky episodes, this remains the best acted and written legal drama on the tube. Julianne Marguilies, Chris Noth, Alan Cummins and Josh Charles continue to do stellar work, but one of them won’t make it to the end of this season.

“Rosemary’s Baby” — Fans of the original film will enjoy this mini-series remake that more closely follows Ira Levin’s novel about a woman whose unborn baby may be the spawn of Satan. This version moves the story to Paris, which adds to the dislocation felt by the young couple whose pregnancy does not go as planned.

“Toy Story of Terror” — Kids will love this installment in the series, which plays like a Halloween version of the story. Woody and Buzz and the toys find themselves in spooky territory when they stop at a remote motel and Mr. Potato head goes missing. Includes three other shorts featuring the beloved characters.

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