Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of July 7


Big screen

Opening Friday

Pacific Rim (PG-13): Writer-director Guillermo del Toro ( Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) unleashes his imagination on his biggest canvas to date with this colossal adventure about giant robots, piloted by humans, defending Earth against enormous monsters that rise up from the sea.

I’m So Excited (R): Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar returns to full-blown comedy for the first time since 1988’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown with this sassy farce about three airline attendants trying to keep their passengers calm about a jetliner suffering from mechanical problems.

Grown Ups 2 (PG-13): Adam Sandler rounds up his buddies (including Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, Kevin James and David Spade) for a sequel to the unexpected box office smash, once again proving that men will always be boys.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

13 Great American Slashers (7 p.m. Sunday, Chiller): What makes the United States the greatest country in the world? Our vicious movie serial killers, right? About time somebody did a show about this.

Drunk History (10 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central): Drunks go on camera and try to tell stories from American history. Really. That’s it. That’s a television show. In addition to being the beginning of the end of Western civilization, of course.

The Bridge (10 p.m. Wednesday, FX): A serial killer works both sides of the border between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, forcing two mistrustful police departments to cooperate. Harrowing, mysterious and terrific television.

Being Human (10 p.m. Saturday, BBC America): The fifth and final season of one of the most unlikely hits in television history — a funny, heartbreaking drama about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost trying to make their way in a human world — gets underway.

Glenn Garvin

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