Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of October 6

Tom Hanks in a scene from 'Captain Phillips.'
Tom Hanks in a scene from 'Captain Phillips.'

Big screen

Opening Friday

Captain Phillips (PG-13): Tom Hanks delivers a career-high performance as the captain of an American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. Directed by Paul Greengrass ( The Bourne Ultimatum, Green Zone) in a suspenseful, you-are-there documentary style.

Machete Kills (R): Mel Gibson, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas and Sofia Vergara join the self-conscious B-movie fun in the second installment of writer-director Robert Rodriguez’s campy action series about a machete-wielding Mexican government agent (Danny Trejo).

Romeo & Juliet (PG-13): Hailee Steinfeld ( True Grit) and Douglas Booth play the star-crossed lovers in screenwriter Julian ( Downton Abbey) Fellowes’ adaptation of the venerable Shakespeare play.

Escape from Tomorrow (unrated): Writer-director Randy Moore’s already-legendary thriller, shot on location at Walt Disney World without permission, follows a husband and father (Roy Abramson) who learns he has been fired during the final day of a family vacation at the Magic Kingdom.

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Small screen

Witches of East End (10 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime): In a new series based on Melissa de la Cruz’s novel, Julia Ormond plays the head of a small-town family of witches. Not to be confused with that small-town family of vampires over on HBO, or the small-town family of zombies on AMC.

Valentine Road (9 p.m. Monday, HBO): A somber documentary about the murder of a gay teenager by a boy he asked to be his valentine.

Full Circle (9 p.m. Wednesday, DirecTV Audience Channel): Playwright Neal LaBrute authored this series, a Bridge of San Luis Rey-style tale of 11 unexpectedly interlocked lives. David Boreanaz ( Bones) and Kate Walsh ( Private Practice) lead a high-powered cast.

The Tomorrow People (9 p.m. Wednesday, The CW): Just as you suspected, a lot of teenagers are sullen genetic mutants who want out of our world. The silver lining is that the sullen mutants in your house might quit glowering for an hour if they tune into this new series, which isn’t bad by the standards of teenaged twaddle.

Glenn Garvin

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