Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of July 21


Big screen

Opening Friday

The Wolverine (PG-13): Hugh Jackman reprises his signature role of the clawed mutant, this time traveling to Japan to catch up with an old acquaintance. There may be samurais.

The To Do List (R): Parks & Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza gets her first leading role as a high school valedictorian who wants to shed her squeaky-clean image before going to college by doing all sorts of naughty things. Bill Hader, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Andy Samberg are some of the friends willing to lend a helping hand.

The Hunt (R): Mads Mikkelsen stars in this acclaimed Danish drama about a schoolteacher falsely accused of sexual molestation.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

City Girls Diaries (9 p.m. Sunday, Style Network) Behold, the umpteenth television attempt to cash in on the Sex and the City vibe, this time with a reality show based on supposed video diaries kept by some supposedly ordinary conveniently hot female thirtysomethings.

The Quiet American (1 p.m. Friday, Turner Classic Movies) This 1958 film about an American economist in Indochina is fascinating for several reasons. It’s the first film shot in Vietnam and the first U.S. movie about American involvement in Southeast Asia. And it reverses the anti-war message of the novel by Graham Greene on which it’s based, in favor of a tough anti-communist message that writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz developed after conversations with the CIA.

Glenn Garvin

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