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The week ahead at the movies and on TV

Big screen

Opening Thursday

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (PG-13)) Yanked at the last minute from its original release date last summer to add 3D and more scenes with Channing Tatum, this sequel to 2009’s execrable G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra sends the super-agents (including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis) on a hunt to uncover the traitor in their ranks.

Opening Friday

The Host (PG-13): Now that the Twilight saga is completed, another Stephenie Meyer novel gets a big-screen adaptation. Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) directs Saoirse Ronan as a young woman who discovers aliens are taking over the bodies of people and erasing all their memories.

Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (PG-13): Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross, Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Williams star in the prolific filmmaker’s latest comedy-drama, about a married woman who gives in to temptation and has an affair, leading to disastrous consequences.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Phil Spector (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) Though this account of the murder trial of 1960s music kingpin Phil Spector is swathed head to toe in dishonesty, Al Pacino’s loony, megalomanical performance as Spector is worth watching all by itself. Full review, 1M.

P.O.V.: Model Girl (11 p.m. Sunday, WPBT-PBS 2) A distressing, depressing documentary about the trafficking of teeny-bopper fashion models from Russia to Japan.

Revolution (10 p.m. Monday, NBC) Four months after it went on hiatus, this Hunger Games-ish tale of warlords and freedom fighters slugging it out in a post-apocalyptic America finally returns. Will the viewers?

Barabbas (9 p.m. Monday, Reelz) You know it’s Easter season when the tube is full of biblical epics. This miniseries is about a “whatever happened to?” take on the bandit that a Jerusalem mob spared while sending Jesus to his crucifixion.

Ultimate Warfare — Chosin: One Way Out (10 p.m. Tuesday, Military Channel) This documentary recounts the mostly forgotten story of one of the most savage battles in U.S. military history — the two-week retreat from the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War, where 17,000 Marines fought their way out of encirclement by 120,000 Chinese troops.

Orphan Black (9 p.m. Saturday, BBC America) Remember what we used to worry about in the days before we became obsessed by zombie attacks? That’s right — clone rampage!

Glenn Garvin

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