Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of May 4

 <span class="cutline_leadin">Frat woes:</span> Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen in a scene from ‘Neighbors.’
Frat woes: Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen in a scene from ‘Neighbors.’

Big screen

Opening Friday

Neighbors (R): The buzz is strong on this comedy about a pair of new parents (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) forced to move next door to a raucous fraternity house led by a party animal (Zac Efron).

Only Lovers Left Alive (R): Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston play centuries-old bloodsuckers in love in writer-director Jim Jarmusch’s moody take on the genre. Even vampires get the blues.

The Devil’s Knot (R): Director Atom Egoyan ( The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica) revisits the case of the West Memphis Three with this dramatized reenactment of the murder of three young boys, the despair of one of their mothers (Reese Witherspoon) and the private investigator (Colin Firth) who isn’t convinced the cops have arrested the right people.

Moms’ Night Out (PG): A group of stressed-out moms ask their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours so they can go out and have a little fun.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (PG): In this animated fable, Dorothy (voiced by Lea Michele) returns to Oz to help protect her friends from a new menace who calls himself the Jester (Martin Short).

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

The Simpsons (8 p.m. Sunday, Fox) Homer wakes up in a 3-D world made entirely of Legos in an especially sweet (and surprisingly funny) episode, “Brick Like Me.”

24: Live Another Day (8 p.m. Monday, Fox ) Kiefer Sutherland is back as Jack Bauer, a fugitive federal agent who returns to fighting terrorism after his touchy-feely, less violent other Fox series is canceled.

Louie (10 p.m. Monday, FX) And … FX-hale. One of TV’s most inventive comedies is back.

American Comedy Awards (9 p.m. Thursday, NBC) Hannibal Buress, Louis C.K. and Amy Schumer are among the nominees.

Dale Roe, Austin American-Statesman

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">LAST STORIES AND OTHER STORIES</span>. William T. Vollmann. Viking. 704 pages. $36.


    Tales of worldy travels take ghostly turn

    Among contemporary American authors, William T. Vollmann’s project is unique. There is simply no other writer on the map who purchased a Thai sex slave, tried to fight with mujahideen rebels in Afghanistan and almost died in the Arctic Circle. And that’s just for starters. Vollmann has traveled to war zones, pored over the U.S.-Mexico border and made a study of the world’s destitute. His mammoth curiosity encompasses questions of war, morality, economics, lifestyle, gender, aesthetics, art and music.

 <span class="cutline_leadin">A WINDOW ON ETERNITY: </span>A Biologist’s Walk Through Gorongosa National Park. Edward O. Wilson. Simon & Schuster. 149 pages. $30.


    Naturalist’s book gives hope for wildlife preservation

    Naturalist uses an African park to illustrate his beliefs that endangered creatures can be preserved.

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