The week ahead at the movies and on TV

 

The week ahead at the movies and on TV

Big screen

Opening Date

Killing Them Softly (R) An enforcer must track down three crooks who robbed the Mob. With Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini and Richard Jenkins.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Enemies Within: Joe McCarthy (9 p.m. Sunday, Smithsonian Channel) An odd blend of documentary and drama, this show about the famous — or infamous, take your pick — political firebrand who defined anti-communism in the 1950s is hard to describe. The staged portions star John Sessions ( Iron Lady) as McCarthy and Justine Waddell ( The Mystery of Natalie Wood) as his wife Jean. The documentary parts include interviews with everybody from Henry Kissinger to Ann Coulter.

The Iron Petticoat (8 p.m. Thursday, Turner Classic Movies) This long-lost Cold War comedy starring Bob Hope as a U.S. Air Force pilot and Katherine Hepburn as a Soviet defector triggered a nasty public spat between Hope and screenwriter Ben Hecht when it was released in 1956. Hecht, infuriated that Hope brought in his own writers to doctor the script, demanded that his name be removed from the film. The controversy killed The Iron Petticoat at the box office, and after reverting to Hope’s ownership in 1966 it was never seen again. Until now.

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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