Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of May 5


Big screen

Opening Friday

The Great Gatsby (PG-13): Baz Lurhman ( Moulin Rouge) shot this $150 million adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal novel using 3D cameras, so you know the movie will look sensational. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the party-loving millionaire living the high life in 1920s New York. Tobey Maguire is the aspiring author from the Midwest who starts hanging out with the rich crowd.

Peeples (PG-13): Craig Robinson (TV’s The Office) crashes the eponymous family’s annual gathering in the Hamptons to propose to their daughter (Kerry Washington).

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Independent Lens: Seeking Asian Female (11 p.m. Monday, WPBT-PBS 2): Filmmaker Debbie Lum’s quirkily personal film about a middle-aged white guy obsessed with pursuing young Asian women through a dating service, and the difficult times (and, maybe redemption?) that result when he finally catches one.

A Summer Place (9:30 p.m. Thursday, Turner Classic Movies): Fifty-four years after it was released, this film starring Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee as a pair of teenage lovers blocked at every turn by their cynical, corrupt parents may seem quaint in a world of Plan B pills and twerking. (If you have to Google that word, don’t do it at work.) But it’s still memorable as one of the first films about what would eventually be known as the Generation Gap, and still lovely for its essential sweetness.

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