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

 <span class="leadin"><strong>Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas </strong></span>
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas

Big screen

Opening Friday

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (PG-13): Peter Jackson’s second installment in his trilogy of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel promises wonderful special effects, lots of dragon action and a return appearance by The Lord of the Rings’ Legolas (Orlando Bloom). Also back is Jackson’s ridiculously long running times (this one runs 161 minutes).

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (PG-13): Writer-director Tyler Perry reprises his signature role, doling out heart-warming wisdom and laughs in a small town preparing for its annual holiday celebration.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Bonnie & Clyde (9 p.m. Sunday, A&E/Lifetime/History Channel): Yet another take on the Depression-era bandits who cut a wide swath of stick-ups and murders through Texas and the Midwest. In this sort-of-feminist version, directed by Bruce Beresford, Bonnie is the boss of the gang. See full review, 1M.

Orphans of the Genocide (8 p.m. Thursday, WPBT-PBS 2): The slaughter of as many as 1.5 million ethnic Armenians living under Turkish control during World War I led to the coining of the word “genoicide.” Nearly a century later, the Turkish government denies any systematic campaign to wipe out its Armenian citizens. This documentary forcefully argues otherwise.

White Christmas (7 p.m. Saturday, AMC): Frothy and formulaic it may be, but this 1954 musical about a couple of World War II vets trying to help out their old commander after he’s been jettisoned by the army and battered by fate has a real heart. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, as if you didn’t know.

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