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No surprise that a movie this fast and funny makes sure even the credits don’t waste a second. A parody of 1970s-style police shows, the sequence is shot from right behind the flashing light atop a cop car. The car zooms down a city street but then veers onto a sidewalk, through a car wash, onto a roller coaster and toward terrified bystanders. Everything you need to know about the movie is set up: It’s deadpan, sharply observed, hilarious and relentless.

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The Marvel logo is bound to send audiences in one direction, so this parody of superhero movies immediately takes them in another direction by spoofing the idea of credits. Instead of “A Tim Miller Film,” we get “Some Douchebag’s Film.” It’s not “Starring Ryan Reynolds” but “Starring God’s Perfect Idiot,” accompanied by Reynolds’ “Sexiest Man Alive” magazine cover. It continues skewering tropes, through “British Villain” and “Moody Teen,” accompanied by a camera snaking through a violent scene and Juice Newton’s soaring “Angel of the Morning.”

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This week's fresh offerings include a recently-released Pixar animated tale, a marathon of James Bond films and new music from country star Sam Hunt. Also out this week is the reissue of a rare Nina Simone record from her time in Paris when feelings of loneliness crept in. And the ladies of "The Talk" return — at a safe social distance — from their own homes.

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Smart Rating: 28.46Series premiere: July 06, 2005Series finale: July 23, 2008Genre: Comedy, InterviewThis sketch-variety series, hosted by Honduran-born comic Carlos Mencia, offers a distinctive take on life and its quirks. The show combines commercial parodies, filmed segments on the street and studio bits in a format that is reminiscent of venerable late-night show "Saturday Night Live" and other similar shows that have aired through the years. Episodes of "Mind of Mencia" feature guest appearances by a number of well-known comics, including Dave Attell, Frank Caliendo, Bobby Lee and Daniel Tosh.

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