Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of Aug. 4

 
 
'Elysium'
'Elysium'
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Big screen

Opening Wednesday

We’re the Millers (R): In order to smuggle a large shipment of marijuana from Mexico to the United States, a pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) hires a stripper (Jennifer Aniston) and two kids to pose as his family.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (PG): Logan Lerman returns as the teenage son of Poseidon in this second adaptation of Rick Riordan’s popular fantasy novels.

Opening Friday

Planes (PG): A cropduster (voiced by Dane Cook) dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. Yes, it does sound an awful lot like Pixar’s Cars, minus the Pixar. This one is just plain Disney.

Elysium (R): Director Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to his breakout debut hit District 9 is another action-heavy sci-fi picture. In the near future, the world’s wealthiest 1 percent (led by Jodie Foster) will abandon our ruined planet and move into a mammoth space station orbiting Earth. The people left behind (including Matt Damon) are required to work in factories to keep the satellite running smoothly.

Blue Jasmine (R): Woody Allen takes a break from comedy in his annual offering, this time focusing on a New York woman (Cate Blanchett) who must move to San Francisco after a serious life crisis.

Lovelace (R): Amanda Seyfried reenacts the sad youth of Linda Lovelace, the stage name of the actress who became an instant celebrity in the early 1970s after starring in the X-rated Deep Throat, the most successful porn film of all time.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Hot Listings Miami (9 p.m. Tuesday, Style): Real estate isn’t quite as exciting as it was in the late 1990s, when everybody was buying houses and flipping them 15 minutes later for a trillion bucks in profit. But don’t tell Miami Beach’s Katrina Campins, self-proclaimed Rock Star Realtor and star of this new reality series.

Hell on Wheels (9 p.m. Saturday, AMC): A hot and tasty stew of railroad robber barons, bitter ex-confederates, proudly liberated slaves, desperate immigrants and vengeful Indians, this series about the bitter aftermath of the American Civil War returns for a third season.

The White Queen (9 p.m. Saturday, Starz): Yet another tale of royal boinking and beheading, this one set during England’s War of the Roses in the late 15th century. Pretty well done if you like this sort of thing.

Clear History (9 p.m. Saturday, HBO): The profoundly misanthropic Larry David stars as an (of course) embittered marketing executive convinced that his boss Jon Hamm ( Madmen) screwed him out of tens of millions of dollars. Insane vituperation ensues. The abused include Kate Hudson, Eva Mendes and Michael Keaton.

Glenn Garvin

Miami Herald

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