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

‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’
‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’

Big screen

Opening Wednesday

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (PG-13): San Diego TV personality Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) expands his horizons by moving to New York to work at a 24-hour news station. His crew (Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner) come along for the ride. Jim Carrey, Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Kristen Wiig, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amy Poehler and practically every other actor in Hollywood join in the silly fun.

Opening Friday

Inside Llewyn Davis (R): Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen continue to top themselves with this melancholy, brutally funny story about a perpetually sad folksinger (Oscar Isaac) trying to eke out a living in 1960s bohemian New York as a musician. Carey Mulligan is his bitter ex-girlfriend and Justin Timberlake plays a happy-go-lucky pop singer.

American Hustle (R): The always-unpredictable David O. Russell ( The Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter, Three Kings) travels back to the 1970s for this crime caper inspired by the Abscam scandal about a con man (Christian Bale), his loony wife (Jennifer Lawrence) and his British partner in crime (Amy Adams) who are forced to collaborate with a loose-cannon FBI agent (Bradley Cooper). Their target: A New Jersey politician (Jeremy Renner).

Saving Mr. Banks (PG-13): Emma Thompson is P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks is Walt Disney in this comic drama about their tumultuous collaboration on the making of 1964’s classic Mary Poppins.

Walking with Dinosaurs (PG): Using 3D computer-generated animation, this science-based adventure promises the most realistic look to date at what life on Earth was like when dinosaurs ruled the planet.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Psych: The Musical (9 p.m. Sunday, USA): As usual, detective buddies Shawn and Gus track down a killer. Not as usual, they break into song and dance 14 times in about 90 minutes of screen time. But the real reason to watch is the horrifying murder they’re investigating — somebody has killed a critic over a bad review. I think we can all agree this is a disheartening trend.

Independent Lens — Playwright: From Page to Stage (11 p.m. Monday, WPBT-PBS 2): Follow along as Miami playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney gets one of his scripts into production.

How Sherlock Changed the World (9 p.m. Tuesday, WPBT-PBS 2): The very first CSI detective wasn’t David Caruso but Sherlock Holmes, using blood work, ballistics and fingerprints to track down criminals in the pages of Arthur Conan Doyle’s short stories. His work not only thrilled 19th century readers but influenced real-life police, as you’ll learn in this documentary.

Glenn Garvin

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