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The week ahead at the movies and on TV

Big screen

Opening Friday

Café de Flore (unrated): The stories of two seemingly unrelated characters — a single mother raising her son in the 1960s and a middle-aged DJ raising his family in the present-day — intersect in a beautiful and unexpected manner in the latest from Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée ( C.R.A.Z.Y.)

Flight (R): Director Robert Zemeckis’ first live-action movie since 2000’s Cast Away stars Denzel Washington as an airline pilot whose alcoholism is revealed after he becomes a hero for saving the lives of his passengers during a disastrous flight.

The Man with the Iron Fists (R): Wu-Tang Clan member RZA makes his directorial debut with this martial arts adventure (co-written by Hostel’s Eli Roth) about a blacksmith (Russell Crowe) who must help defend his small village from attackers in feudal China. Kanye West and The Black Keys contributed to the soundtrack, and Quentin Tarantino served as a consultant. Oh, and it’s in 3D. How’s that for eclectic?

Wreck-It-Ralph (PG): The villain (voiced by John C. Reilly) of an old-school 1980s arcade video game (think Donkey Kong, only not exactly) tires of always being the bad guy and starts to sneak into other video games to play the hero. Featuring cameos by Pac-Man, Sonic and Q*Bert.

The Details (R): The attempts of a married couple (Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks) to get rid of backyard pests sets off a series of events involving infidelity and murder. Sounds serious, but it’s actually a dark comedy.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

The American Scream (8 p.m. Sunday, Chiller): An odd but entertaining documentary about people whose entire lives revolve around turning their homes into neighborhood haunted houses each year at Halloween.

Night of the Living Dead (11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Encore Suspense ): This taut, terrifying little 1968 film may have been made for $1.98 with a nearly all-amateur cast, but it’s the viral origin of The Walking Dead and every other brain-eating, intestine-gnawing zombie movie made since.

Malibu Country (8:30 p.m. Friday, ABC): If the concept of a show in which Reba McEntire starts as a single mom named Reba struggling to raise kids after giving the boot to her cheating husband seems familiar, that’s probably because you watched the sitcom Reba on The WB and its successor network, The CW. Oh, wait. This one’s in Malibu. Well, that’s totally different.

Glenn Garvin

Let Miami Herald TV critic Glenn Garvin program your TiVo! Just click on his best bets for the week at http://www3.tivo.com/tivo-tco/mix/index.do

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