Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of August 25


Big screen

Opening Wednesday

Closed Circuit (R): Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall are two lawyers (and former lovers) whose lives are imperiled after they’re hired by a terrorist to defend him in court.

Opening Friday

Getaway (PG-13): A former race car driver (Ethan Hawke) hijacks the souped-up Mustang of a young woman (Selena Gomez) and follows the commands of the people who have kidnapped his wife.

One Direction: This is Us (PG): Morgan Spurlock ( Super Size Me) directs this documentary recounting the meteoric rise of the British boy band.

Austenland (PG-13): A woman (Keri Russell) obsessed with Pride and Prejudice travels to a Jane Austen-themed park in search of her perfect man.

The Grandmaster (PG-13): Director Wong Kar Wai ( In the Mood for Love) spent six years working on this martial-arts epic that focuses on Ip Man (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), the kung-fu master who taught Bruce Lee everything he knew.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

The Secret Lives of Dogs (9 p.m. Sunday, Nat Geo Wild) Busy guy that I am, I turned my screener disc of this one over to my cat Melissa, who says it pretty much describes what everybody already knows about dogs, which is that they eat human babies, worship Hitler and like to watch Jerry Springer on TV. It is possible your interpretation will be different than hers, which is the great thing about Art.

America Vs. Iraq (9 p.m. Monday, National Geographic Channel) A host of senior officials from both sides of the battle lines describe the decisions that set the war in motion, including Saddam Hussein’s foreign minister Naji Sabri, who describes a fateful meeting with a CIA source that led Washington to conclude that the Iraqis had weapons of mass destruction.

Town Without Pity (1:30 p.m. Friday, Turner Classic Movies) Nearly three decades before Jodie Foster played a battered rape victim in The Accused, this wrenching 1961 film starring Kirk Douglas and E.G. Marshall took a hard look at the crime and how it’s prosecuted. When three American GIs are accused of assaulting a young German woman, prosecutor Marshall refused to plea-bargain with defense attorney Douglas. Douglas response: to destroy the victim’s reputation. As Gene Pitney sang in the haunting theme song, the results aren’t very pretty.

Glenn Garvin

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