Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of Jan. 12

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in a scene from ‘Ride Along.’
Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in a scene from ‘Ride Along.’

Big screen

Opening Friday

Jack Ryan: Shadow Hunter (PG-13): Chris Pine takes over from Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck as Tom Clancy’s government-agent hero. The movie, about a financial terrorist plot, is based on an original screenplay by David Koepp and directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also co-stars.

Devil’s Due (R): A newlywed couple returns from their honeymoon and discover they’re going to be parents. But their child may not be human. Could it be ... Satan?

The Nut Job (PG): Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson and Katherine Heigl provide the voices for this animated adventure about a squirrel and a rat plotting a nut store heist.

Ride Along (PG-13): In the new comedy by director Tim Story (Think Like a Man, Barbershop) a security guard (Kevin Hart) goes on a 24-hour patrol with a cop (Ice Cube) to prove himself worthy of marrying the policeman’s sister.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

True Detective (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO): Two Louisiana cops (Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey) investigate the ritualistic murder of a hooker in this dark new series. The show’s creator, Nic Pizzlolatto, also worked on AMC’s grim The Killing, which gives you an idea of the flavor.

Shameless (9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime): America’s mostly scabrously funny family of thieves, drug addicts and welfare cheats returns for a fourth season. Spoiler alert: One member has an actual job.

House of Lies (10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime): As the third season gets under way, partners in corporate thievery Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell have split up and become competitors. Imagine the gangfight in West Side Story using corporate bonds instead of switchblades and you’re on the right track.

Episodes (10:30 p.m. Sunday, Showtime): This mutant cousin of Friends, with Matt LeBlanc playing a mean and sleazy version of himself scamming his way through Hollywood, is the most underappreciated sitcom on television.

Bitten (10 p.m. Monday, Syfy): This new series, based on the novel by Kelley Armstrong, stars Laura Vandervoort ( Smallville) as the world’s only female werewolf. Worse yet, she’s Canadian. I know, I know, but there’s only one more season left of True Blood, so we’re going to have to make do.

Chozen (10:30 Monday, FX): A gay white rapper just out of prison may not seem like the perfect foil for an adult cartoon. But FX is the network that made a sitcom about eating disorders called Starved in which most of the jokes were about puking or enemas. So, we’ll see.

Glenn Garvin

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