Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of Aug. 11


Big screen

Opening Friday

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (PG-13): The Oscar season starts way early this year with the release of this star-studded drama that focuses on the experience of a White House butler (Forrest Whitaker) and his wife (Oprah Winfrey) over the course of several decades and administrations. Jane Fonda, John Cusack, Vanessa Redgrave, Robin Williams and Liev Schreiber are just some of the famous names that round out the cast.

Kick-Ass 2 (R): Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz reprise their roles as the teenage superheroes in this sequel to 2010’s unapologetically rude and violent original. The sequel is apparently so bloody that even Jim Carrey, who plays the main heavy, has spoken out against the movie.

Jobs (PG-13): Ashton Kutcher portrays the temperamental genius Steve Jobs from his days as a college dropout to his creation of Apple, which today is considered the most valuable company in the world.

The Act of Killing (unrated): This highly acclaimed documentary asks former Indonesian death squad leaders to reenact the mass killings they supervised via a Hollywood genre — musicals, horror, crime dramas and others.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Breaking Bad (9 p.m. Sunday, AMC): Start counting down the final eight episodes of this tale of a high-school chemistry teacher whose methedrine recipe has turned him into the most powerful — not to mention vicious — narcotrafficker in America.

Low Winter Sun (10 p.m. Sunday, AMC): What happens when a cop is murdered by another cop? It gets ugly real fast. Mark Strong ( Zero Dark Thirty) in a new series about corruption and vengeance.

The Writers’ Room (10 p.m. Monday, Sundance Channel): What’s stranger — that Showtime has a series about a heroic serial killer, or that it’s kept attracting a sizeable audience for eight years? Get the inside scoop on Dexter as its producers visit this peek-behind-the-curtain documentary series about television.

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