Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of April 13

04/13/2014 12:00 AM

04/12/2014 10:31 PM

Big screen

Opening Wednesday

Heaven is for Real (PG): Greg Kinnear stars in this adaptation of Todd Burpo’s book about a father whose young son claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience.

Opening Friday

Dom Hemingway (R): Jude Law sets aside the charm and finesse to play a brutish thug who has just been released from prison and wants payback from the gangsters he took the fall for.

Under the Skin (R): Scarlett Johansson plays an alien in human disguise in director Jonathan Glazer’s moody, experimental thriller.

Transcendence (PG-13): The director debut of Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan’s go-to cinematographer, centers on a terminally ill scientist (Johnny Depp) who uploads his mind into a computer and gains super powers.

Jodorowsky’s Dune (PG-13): The legendary avant-garde filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, now a sprightly 84, recounts in detail his intended adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel, which he had fully storyboarded and started designing spacecraft and sets before Hollywood got cold feet.

A Haunted House 2 (R): Marlon Wayans returns with another joke-a-minute spoof of the Paranormal Activity movies.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Nurse Jackie (9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime) Deja vu (”vu” means vicodin user). Jackie’s drugging it up again as Season 6 begins.

Mad Men (10 p.m. Sunday, AMC) Joan, Don, Megan and Peggy – even Freddy Rumsen! – are prominently featured in tonight’s lackluster, final season first-half kickoff. Betty, Henry and the Draper kids are absent, but a couple of great moments fill the void.

Fargo (10 p.m. Tuesday, FX) New characters pursue a new case in this violent and darkly comic 10-episode series (neither remake nor adaptation) that takes place within the Coen Bros. universe, starring Billy Bob Thornton.

Billy Crystal 700 Sundays (9 p.m. Saturday, HBO) The comic actor’s Tony-winning one-man show explores his childhood in Manhattan.

Dale Roe

Austin American-Statesman

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