Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of Nov. 24

‘black nativity’
‘black nativity’

Big screen

Opening Wednesday

Black Nativity (PG-13): Kasi Lemmons ( Talk to Me) wrote and directed this adaptation of Langston Hughes’ play about a Baltimore teen (Jacob Latimore) being raised by a single mother (Jennifer Hudson) who spends Christmas with his estranged — and strict —relatives (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett).

Frozen (PG): Kristen Bell, Alan Tudyk and Jonathan Groff provide the voices for this animated Disney adventure set in a kingdom trapped in an eternal winter by a misunderstood Snow Queen.

Homefront (R): Sylvester Stallone wrote the script for this adaptation of Chuck Logan’s novel about a retired DEA agent (Jason Statham) who moves his family to a quiet small town, where he inadvertently makes an enemy of the local meth lord (James Franco).

Oldboy (R): The trailers for Spike Lee’s remake of Chan-wook Park’s seminal 2003 thriller make the movie look like a shot-for-shot recreation, although there may be some critical plot differences. Josh Brolin stars as the man trying to find out who kidnapped him and held him in solitary confinement for 20 years.

Nebraska (R): Director Alexander Payne ( The Descendants, Election, Sideways) gets out of his comfort zone by collaborating with a new screenwriter (Bob Nelson) and using black-and-white film to tell the story of a cranky old drunk (Bruce Dern) who goes on a road trip with his reluctant son (Will Forte) from Billings to Lincoln to claim a million-dollar magazine sweepstakes prize.

Philomena (PG-13): An elderly woman (Judi Dench) asks a journalist (Steve Coogan) to help her find the son she put up for adoption 50 years ago.

R ene Rodriguez

Small screen

Getting On (10 p.m. Sunday, HBO): Laurie Metcalfe plays the graceless and somewhat weird administator of the geriatric wing of an understaffed California hospital in this new sitcom swiped — err, adapted — from the BBC.

A Crime To Remember (10 p.m. Tuesday, Investigation Discovery): In 1955, there wasn't a bigger headline all in Palm Beach than the one over the story about the disappearance of Judge Curtis Chillingworth and his wife, who said goodbye after a dinner party and were never seen again. Judge, Jury, Executioner(, this episode of Investigation Discovery's true-crime documentary series, tells what happened next.

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