Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of June 23

 

Big screen

Opening Friday

The Heat (R) A cop-buddy comedy, only with women! Sandra Bullock is the by-the-book FBI agent who pairs up with an unpredictable Boston police officer (Melissa McCarthy) to take down a drug kingpin.

White House Down (PG-13) For the second time this year (the first was Olympus Has Fallen), the White House is taken over by terrorists and a policeman (Channing Tatum) must protect the life of the president (Jamie Foxx). Directed by Roland Emmerich, who famously demolished the White House once before ( Independence Day).

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Copper (10 p.m. Sunday, BBC America) How odd that it took the Brits to whip up this lively and intriguing series about a New York city policeman during the Civil War. Back for a second season, it continues to poke into issues of race and class — not to mention the Confederacy’s underground operations in the north -- that are oddly absent from most American movies and novels about the era.

Devious Maids (10 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime) Imagine a Desperate Housewives set not in the burbs but Beverly Hills mansions, and told not by a dead housewife but a cadre of Mexican-American maids, and you’ve got the idea. The resemblance is no coincidence, since the Devious Maids producers include Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry as well as one of his stars, Eva Longoria.

Inside Man (10 p.m. Sunday, CNN) In this new documentary series, filmmaker and political provocateur Morgan Spurlock ( Super Size Me, Thirty Days) takes a look at political and cultural issues by embedding himself in them. First up: Spurlock goes to work in one of California’s medical-marijuana dispensaries.

Under the Dome (10 p.m. Monday, CBS) Stephen King’s 2009 novel about a little town that suddenly finds itself trapped inside an impenetrable dome works surprising well as a limited-run TV series. Writer-producer Brian K. Vaughan effectively tweaks King’s book while keeping its main thrust.

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