Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of April 28


Big screen

Opening Friday

Iron Man 3 (PG-13): The early buzz on the third installment of Marvel Comics’ billionaire (Robert Downey Jr.) with an iron suit is that all those bad memories you have of Iron Man 2 will be washed away.

To the Wonder (R): Director Terrence Malick’s follow-up to The Tree of Life centers on a couple (Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko) whose bond is tested by others (Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams).

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

In My Lifetime (8 p.m. Sunday, WLRN-PBS 17): When North Korea’s latest loony-tune-in-chief crackpot Kim Jong Un threatened to nuke the United States a couple of weeks back, it seemed like an echo from a distant past. But not that distant, as you’ll see in this thoughtful and sometimes harrowing account of the 68-year history of nuclear weapons.

The Big C (10 p.m. Monday, Showtime): Laura Linney’s funny and often heartbreaking performance as a housewife who, learning she’s about to die of cancer, realizes she has hardly lived, has been a thing of wonder for three seasons. It won’t last much longer: The fourth season closes the curtains.

Independent Lens: The Undocumented (11 p.m. Monday, WPBT-PBS 2): Not everybody trying to cross into the United States illegally makes it. This episode of PBS’ independent documentary series follows a young Chicago man’s search of the Arizona desert for his father, who tried to slip across the border from Mexico and likely became one of the thousands of clandestine immigrants who died there.

Airport 24/7: Miami (9 p.m. Tuesday, Travel Channel): A second season following the sometimes-cockeyed daily life at Miami International opens up with back-to-back episodes.

Manhunt (8 p.m. Wednesday, HBO): The feature film Zero Dark Thirty hinted that Osama bin Laden would never have been found without the use of torture. This documentary, based largely on journalist Peter Bergen’s book of the same name, comes right out and says it: Torture worked, and there was nothing immoral about it.

Glenn Garvin

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