Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of June 22

 
 
The cast of HBO’s “True Blood” returns for a final season.
The cast of HBO’s “True Blood” returns for a final season.
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Big screen

Opening Friday

Transformers: Age of Extinction (PG-13): Mark Wahlberg takes over leading-man duties from Shia LaBeouf in the fourth installment in director Michael Bay’s money-minting franching.

Living is Easy with Eyes Closed (unrated): Director David Trueba’s sweet Spanish-language crowpleaser centers on a schoolteacher (Javier Camara) in 1966 who drives to Almeria in hopes of meeting John Lennon, who is filming a movie there.

Obvious Child (R): A comedian (Jenny Slate) is forced to take stock of her life when she’s fired by her boss and dumped by her boyfriend, then finds out she’s pregnant.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

True Blood (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO): Fangs for the memories. The seventh and final season begins.

Under the Dome: Inside Chester’s Mill (10 p.m. Monday, CBS): Relive all of the first season’s ridiculous plot twists and horrible dialogue in this one-hour catch-up special.

Tyrant (10 p.m. Tuesday, FX): This Middle East-set political drama could be the next great FX series.

Buying Naked (10 p.m. Saturday, TLC): Folks look for homes in nudist communities. It’s the only time you'll hear potential buyers complaining about too much closet space.

Dale Roe

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