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‘Inherent Vice’: Joaquin Phoenix stars.
‘Inherent Vice’: Joaquin Phoenix stars. WARNER BROS.

Big screen

Opening Friday

Inherent Vice (R): Joaquin Phoenix is a perpetually stoned private investigator and Josh Brolin is a jarhead cop in director Paul Thomas Anderson’s semi-comic adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel.

Selma (PG-13): Director Ava DuVernay’s riveting recounting of the civil rights march in 1965 to protest African-Americans’ inability to vote features a star-making performance by David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Taken 3 (PG-13): Liam Neeson is back for what the studio promises is the last installment in the popular action series about the world’s unluckiest government operative. Good thing he can take down anyone at will.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Remember those shows you used to watch before the holidays? A lot of them are returning with new episodes this week.

Galavant, 8 p.m. Sunday, ABC: The Middle Ages get the song and dance treatment in this amusing, over-the-top limited series.

Downton Abbey, 9 p.m. Sunday, PBS: Hear ye, hear ye! The long-awaited fifth season of the “Masterpiece” hit commences.

The Bachelor, 8 p.m. Monday, ABC: Farmer Chris Soules takes on 30 contestants in the Season 19 premiere.

Marvel’s Agent Carter, 8 p.m. Tuesday, ABC: Another Marvel TV show begins with back-to-back episodes, this time set in post-WWII and starring Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter.

People’s Choice Awards, 9 p.m. Wednesday, CBS: Allison Janney and Anna Faris host.

Portlandia, 10 p.m. Thursday, IFC: A battle brews in a bookstore’s chick lit section in tonight’s fifth-season premiere.

Glee, 8 p.m. Friday, Fox: Rachel heads home in the final season premiere.

Black Dynamite, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Adult Swim: The animated comedy tries musical parody in “The Wizard of Watts.”

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