Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of Jan. 19

 
 
Aaron Eckhart stars in ‘I-Frankenstein’
Aaron Eckhart stars in ‘I-Frankenstein’

Big screen

Opening Friday

I, Frankenstein (PG-13): Aaron Eckhart stars as the mad doctor’s creation, caught in an ancient war between gargoyles and demons. What’s a monster to do?

The Past (PG-13): The new film by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi ( A Separation) centers on a French woman (Berenice Bejo) who asks her estranged Iranian husband (Ali Mosaffa) to finalize their divorce so she can marry her new boyfriend (Tahar Rahim).

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

The Following. (9 p.m. Monday, Fox): Easily the most intense new show of last season returns, with Kevin Bacon playing a seriously damaged FBI agent who’s certain, despite what everybody else says, that his old serial-killing psychopath quarry (James Purefoy) is still alive.

American Masters: Salinger (9 p.m. Tuesday, WPBT-PBS 2): For the first time, the public gets to see the director’s cut of Shane Salerno’s fascinating 2013 documentary about America’s most reclusive author.

Rake (9 p.m. Thursday, Fox): Adapted from an Australian comedy-drama, Rake stars Greg Kinnear as a defense attorney who’s great inside the courtroom and a total mess outside.

The Monkey’s Paw (Friday 9 p.m., Chiller) W.W. Jacobs’ classic 1902 short story about being careful what you wish for finally gets a TV adaptation. A man gains possession a mummified monkey’s paw that comes with three wishes. They don’t turn out exactly as he expected.

Black Sails (Saturday 9 p.m., Starz) National Talk Like A Pirate Day isn’t until September, but you’ll be forgiven a chorus or two of “Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum” while watching this new series about “the golden age of piracy” from executive proder Michael Bay ( Transformers). Strictly BYOE -- bring your own eyepatch.

Glenn Garvin

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