Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of Sept. 8


Big screen

Opening Friday

The Family (R): Retired mobsters Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer are living incognito in France with their kids after ratting out their former partners in crime. Tommy Lee Jones is the CIA agent trying to keep them safe under the witness protection program. Good luck with that.

Insidious Chapter 2 (PG-13): Director James Wan (The Conjuring) and screenwriter Leigh Whannell (Saw) bring us more old-school scares in the further adventures of a family (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne) plagued by a persistent demon.

Salinger (PG-13): A documentary exploration of the life and work of the famously secretive author J.D. Salinger. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tom Wolfe and Edward Norton are among the famous names weighing in on the writer’s legacy.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Boardwalk Empire (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) Oh, you knew this was coming: As the fourth season begins, Atlantic City gangster boss Nucky Thompson is thinking about moving to Florida.

American Masters: Billie Jean King (8 p.m. Tuesday, WPBT-PBS 2) It sounds like a loony urban myth, but 40 years ago this week, all American was going nuts over a match between Billie Jean King, the top-ranked woman tennis player in the United States, and a 55-year-old hustler named Bobby Riggs who was more than two dozen years her senior. Learn about that and more in this biographical documentary.

Sons Of Anarchy (10 p.m. Tuesday, FX) What’s the fun of a motorcycle gang if you’re not doing anything illegal? That’s the existential question as the sixth season of this oddly compelling Hell’s Angels knockoff gets under way.

King Of Thrones (10 p.m. Tuesday, Destination America) No, not the one with all the dragons and decapitations. This ode to the commode is a reality show about toilet technicians. That’s right, toilet technicians. And don’t pretend that you aren’t going to tune in.

The Presidents’ Gatekeepers (9 p.m. Wednesday, Discovery) All 20 living former White chiefs of staff talk dish about what it was like trying (and, often, failing) to turn their bosses’ political agendas into actual workable policies. Two parts, the second airing at the same time Thursday.

Glenn Garvin

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