Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of May 26


Big screen

Opening Friday

After Earth (PG-13): The once-formidable director M. Night Shyamalan ( The Sixth Sense) tries to regain his cred with this science-fiction thriller about a father and son (played by Will Smith and his son Jaden) who crash land on Earth 1,000 years after it was abandoned by mankind.

Now You See Me (PG-13): Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco are a team of bank-robbing magicians. Mark Ruffalo is the FBI agent trying to anticipate their next move.

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Small screen

Behind the Candelabra (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO): Michael Douglas plays Liberace and Matt Damon his boy-toy Scott Thorson in a Stephen Soderbergh-directed biopic on the man who invented kitsch.

Change of Habit (8 p.m. Monday, Encore): A lot of people think it’s no coincidence that this film, in which Mary Tyler Moore plays a nun with an unscratchable itch for inner-city doctor Elvis Presley, was Elvis’ last. Actually, it’s a rather interesting (not the same as “good”) movie with a strong sociological bent. Not to mention Elvis singing his No. 6 hit Rubberneckin’.

Ring of Fire (9 p.m. Monday, Lifetime): So you saw Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as his wife June in Walk The Line. Now get the same story from June’s point of view, this time with pop singer Jewel and Big Love’s Matt Ross in the lead roles.

The Glades (9 p.m. Monday, A&E ): After three seasons, you’d think cranky old Detective Jim Longworth and his trusty sidekick Nurse Callie Gargill had encountered just about every kind of nutjob murderer there is running around there in the Everglades. But let me just say one word: zombies.

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