Screen gems


The week ahead at the movies and on TV

Big screen

Opening Friday

Hitchcock (PG-13): Anthony Hopkins plays the iconic filmmaker during the making of his most famous movie, Psycho. Helen Mirren is his dutiful wife Alma.

Playing for Keeps (PG-13): A former soccer star (Gerard Butler) starts coaching his son’s team and becomes the apple of every soccer mom’s eye.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

The Taming of the Shrew (9:45 a.m. Sunday, Turner Movie Classics): Now that you’ve had a week to fight off the suicidal impulses triggered by that god-awful Lifetime biopic about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, here’s a chance to see why they really were such a big deal in a sexy and hilarious Shakespeare adaptation shot by Franco Zeffirelli.

Restless (9 p.m. Friday, Sundance Channel): What if you found out your mom was a spy, still hiding out from the Russian assassins she eluded 30 years ago? Charlotte Rampling ( The Night Porter) and Ruth Gilmartin ( Downton Abbey) star in this two-part adaptation of William Boyd’s deceptively powerful novel.

12 Disasters Of Christmas (9 p.m. Saturday, Syfy): Nothing gets the holiday spirit flowing like a movie in which the carol Twelve Days of Christmas turns out to be a prophecy of worldwide yuletide destruction triggered by those playful Mayans. Finally, a Christmas flick that Mr. Scrooge and Mr. Potter can enjoy.

Glenn Garvin

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