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The week ahead at the movies and on TV

Big screen

Opening Friday

Broken City (R): A former cop (Mark Wahlberg) tailing the wife of the New York mayor (Russell Crowe) finds himself caught in a whopper of a scandal. On the bright side, at least Crowe ( Les Miserables) doesn’t sing to him.

The Last Stand (R): There’s a standoff brewing at the border between an escaped drug cartel boss trying to get back to Mexico and a small-town sheriff played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first leading post-politics role. See? He told you he’d be back.

A Royal Affair (R): Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this Danish movie follows the story of a queen (Alicia Vikander, Anna Karenina) who is married to an insane monarch but falls in love with her doctor — and they start a revolution. Breaking up is hard to do.

Mama (PG-13): A couple (Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) set out to raise two nieces, who were left alone in the forest for five years. Creepiness ensues.

Connie Ogle

Small screen

Shameless (9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime): How this show about a squalid family of deadbeats, thieves, grifters, drunks and arsonists — most of them under the age of 18 — can be hilarious rather than disgusting is one of TV’s enduring mysteries. But here it, back for a third season, as riotous as ever.

House Of Lies (10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime): A seriously underrated comedy of corporate Darwinism and sexual predation returns for its second season.

La Teniente (10 p.m. Sunday, mun2): The bilingual cable network debuts an ambitious Mexican-made series about a naval unit that battles narco-traffickers and immigrant smugglers. In Spanish, with English subtitles.

True Crime With Aphrodite Jones (10 p.m. Monday, Investigation Discovery): Crime queen Aphrodite Jones, who made no secret of her belief in Casey Anthony’s guilt in her trial coverage, offers a provocative argument that the jury got it right after all when it voted for acquittal.

Suits (10 p.m. Thursday, USA Network): Lawyers probably hate this comedy-drama about a kid with a photographic memory but no law degree faking his way into a top New York firm. For the rest of us, it’s funnier and more intriguing than ever as its third season debuts.

Archer (10 p.m. Thursday, FX): Fueled almost exclusively by jokes ranging from inappropriate to probably illegal, this gut-wrenchingly funny cartoon send-up of James Bond, set in the world’s most dumbass intelligence agency, is back for a fourth season.

Legit (10:30 p.m. Thursday, FX): Misanthropic Australian comedian Jim Jeffries stars in a quasi-autobiographical account of his struggle to make in Hollywood. Why he might not is amply documented in the first episode, in which he takes a wheelchair-bound pal suffering from advanced muscular dystrophy to a Las Vegas whorehouse.

Ripper Street (9 p.m. Saturday, BBC America): Set in 19th century Whitechapel, where Jack the Ripper carried out his bloody purge of prostitutes, this drama follows a team of policemen who fear their never-captured nemesis has returned.

Glenn Garvin

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