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The Five Spot: Entertainment To Put in Your Brain This Week: Paul Rudd in 'Ant-Man'

Paul Rudd in 'Ant-Man'

This is a week full of prequels that double as sequels, from Harper Lee’s second-but-actually-first novel to a follow-up to Avengers: Age of Ultron that’s been in the works since before Iron Man. As retrofuturist rockers Tame Impala sang, it feels like we only go backwards.

GO SET A WATCHMAN, BY HARPER LEE
The “second novel” by Harper Lee involves the adult Scout Finch, but it was actually written before To Kill a Mockingbird (which was itself rewritten extensively for two-and-a-half years); the manuscript was believed lost for decades, and rediscovered sometime in the past few years. It’s probably not a masterpiece, but it will illuminate one for sure. (July 14)


GODZILLA IN HELL #1
James Stokoe’s previous Godzilla comic, Half-Century War, was a magnificent piece of landscape-smashing kaiju madness, and this one seems like an even better excuse for Stokoe to draw jaw-droppingly detailed tableaux of an atomic lizard wreaking havoc. (Stokoe also contributes a few guest pages to this week’s Secret Wars spinoff Siege #1.) (July 15)


ANT-MAN
Stan Lee has been waving the flag for a movie about his tiniest co-creation for decades, and now he’s got one: Ant-Man is the most whimsical of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, a heist comedy that’s been in development since 2006. Paul Rudd stars as the size-changing superhero who’s kind of a jerk; the cast also includes Judy Greer and T.I. (July 17)


TIG
Comedian Tig Notaro suddenly got much more famous after a legendary 2012 standup performance, focused on her worst month ever, that began “Hello. I have cancer.” This Netflix documentary tracks the subsquent year of Notaro’s life; Sarah Silverman and Zach Galifiankis provide additional comedy bona-fides. (July 17)


CURRENTS, BY TAME IMPALA
Kevin Parker’s Australian psychedelic rock band has been touring behind the songs on their third album for a few months now, and they’re something of a new direction for Tame Impala: smooth, dreamy, groove-centered, almost in Flaming Lips territory at times. Crazily catchy, too: check out their ridiculous video for “‘Cause I’m a Man,” above. (July 17)



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