Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of April 14


Big screen

Opening Friday

Oblivion (PG-13): Tom Cruise gets a jump on the summer movie logjam with this sci-fi adventure about one of the last remaining men on Earth after a devastating war. Director Joseph Kosinki ( Tron: Legacy) shot the movie with digital 4K resolution cameras, so this one should look particularly beautiful in IMAX.

Disconnect (R): Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Paula Patton and Alexander Skarsgard are some of the protagonists in this multi-character drama about people too obsessed with technology to connect with other people.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Nurse Jackie (9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime) Grimly funny, streaked with sentimentality and malice, this blue-collar hospital show (not a McDreamy in sight!) starring Edie Falco returns for a fifth season.

Spoiled Rotten Pets (9 p.m. Saturday, Nat Geo Wild) Suffering guilt pangs about those tuna-fish omelettes you make for your cat? Here’s a show to make you feel downright normal: Pig spas! Ferret costume parties! Even a bark mitzvah for a Pomeranian!

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