Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of May 12


Big screen

Opening Thursday

Star Trek into Darkness (PG-13): The action is grander, the stakes are higher and the camaraderie funnier in director J.J. Abrams’ second outing into Trek territory. The story sends Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), First Officer Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the crew of the USS Enterprise on the trail of a terrorist (Benedict Cumberbatch) who has declared war on the Federation. (Opens exclusively in IMAX theaters Wednesday).

Opening Friday

Simon Killer (unrated): From the gang who made Martha Marcy May Marlene comes this hypnotic, unsettling character study of a young American (Brady Corbet) who travels abroad and falls for a French prostitute.

The Iceman (R): Michael Shannon stars as a contract killer who was arrested in 1986 for murdering more than 100 men over several years, yet still fulfilled his roles of husband and father. Think The Sopranos, only based on a true story. The strong supporting cast includes Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer and James Franco.

Kon-Tiki (PG-13): This Oscar-nominated adventure recounts the seemingly-impossible 1947 voyage by Norwegian explorers who used a raft made of balsa wood to sail 4,300 nautical miles.

At Any Price (R): Dennis Quaid is an Iowa farmer who wants to hand the family business down to his kids. Zac Efron play the rebellious son who yearns to be a NASCAR driver instead.

Venus and Serena (PG-13): A yearlong look into the lives of the Williams sisters, as they grapple with health issues and plan their return to the tennis court.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Family Tree (10:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO) Created and written by comedy vets Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock, this new sitcom stars Chris O’Dowd ( Bridesmaids) as a down-on-his luck thirtysomething whose investigation into his family heritage uncovers some odd stories and quirky characters.

Independent Lens: The Invisible War (11 p.m. Monday, WPBT-PBS 2) Nominated for a 2012 Oscar for best documentary, this work contends that the U.S. armed forces nurture a culture of sexual harassment, abuse and assault and has stirred a firestorm of controversy in Washington that has spread to the Pentagon itself.

Bomb Girls (9 p.m. Wednesday, Reelz) Season two of this comedy-drama starring Meg Tilly as a Canadian munitions-factory worker during World War II gets underway just after Pearl Harbor, when casualty lists are getting longer and rations shorter.

PBS News Hour (6 p.m. Friday, WPBT-PBS 2) Former anchors Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer return to reminisce on the 40th anniversary of the event that launched PBS into the news business: the Senate Watergate hearings.

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