Screen gems


The week ahead at the movies and on TV

Big screen

Opening Friday

Side Effects (R): Steven ( Magic Mike) Soderbergh directs this immensely playful thriller about a young woman (Rooney Mara) who falls into a depression after her husband (Channing Tatum) gets out of prison for insider trading. Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones are the psychiatrists who try to treat her condition by prescribing a new drug that may have some serious side effects. Don’t let anyone spoil this one for you.

Identity Thief (R): Jason Bateman goes on a road trip to find the woman (Melissa McCarthy) who has stolen his identity and wrecked his life in the process. Directed by Seth Gordon ( Horrible Bosses).

Top Gun 3D (PG-13): Anyone excited about this 3D re-release of the 1986 Tom Cruise blockbuster? Anyone? [crickets chirping]

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Puppy Bowl (3 p.m. Sunday, Animal Planet) The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat for two dozen puppies running around a model stadium, wrestling, eating, wee-weeing and going to sleep. Much better than that other game Sunday if for no other reason than the halftime show in which a bunch of kittens wired on catnip go completely berserk.

Monday Mornings (10 p.m. Monday, TNT) Every Monday morning, a bunch of irritatingly arrogant and wildly oversexed surgeons meet to discuss all the people they accidentally lobotomized or defenestrated or left sponges inside the previous week. Interesting mainly because of its producers, David E. Kelley ( Chicago Hope, Ally McBeal and several thousand other shows about dysfunctional hospitals and law firms) and Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent.

Cuba’s Secret Side (9 p.m. Thursday, WLRN-PBS 17) Swiss filmmaker Karin spent three months bumming around Cuba, shooting undercover footage as she chatted with fishermen, farmers, Santeria priestesses and whomever she happened upon. The unenthusiastic authorities arrested her more than a dozen times. See the results to decide if was worth it.

The Job (8 p.m. Friday, CBS) Five candidates compete for a job at a steakhouse chain in this new reality show. No, you idiot, a management job, not junior busboy. That’s in season two.

Glenn Garvin

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