Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of Sept. 15

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Big screen

Opening Friday

Prisoners (R): Denis ( Incendies): Villeneuve directs this epic-length thriller about the increasingly desperate father (Hugh Jackman) of an abducted girl and the detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) scrambling to find her.

Battle of the Year (PG-13): So you think you can dance? Josh Peck plays a basketball coach recruited by an American team to help them win the annual dance crew world championship held in France.

Adore (R): Anne Fontaine ( Coco Before Chanel): directs this adaptation of Doris Lessing’s novel about two lifelong friends (Robin Wright and Naomi Watts) who start an affair with each other’s sons. Good luck with that, ladies.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fox): Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg embarks on the slow ruination of his career with a workplace comedy set in a police station that is only sporadically funny. This one’s a “best bet” only in the sense that it’s the best new show of the first week of the fall broadcast season. Which tells you all you need to know about Sleepy Hollow and Dads, the other Fox shows debuting this week.

Un Chien Andalou (1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Turner Classic Movies): Written by Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel and directed by Buñuel, this 1929 film — widely considered seminal to the horror genre — is rarely seen on TV. Watch and you’ll see why: It’s essentially a plotless cascade of disturbingly graphic images, from the slicing of an eyeball with a straight-razor to a column of ants marching out of a wound in a human hand. Not for everybody, or perhaps almost anybody.

Secret Life of Predators (9 p.m. Friday, National Geographic Channel): Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The second part airs at 9 p.m. on Sept. 27.

Glenn Garvin

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