July 20, 2014

Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of July 20

The week ahead at the movies and on TV

Big screen

Opening Friday

Boyhood (R): Director Richard Linklater spent 12 years filming the coming-of-age tale of a boy named Mason. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette play his divorced parents.

And So It Goes (PG-13): Michael Douglas is a selfish real-estate agent who relies on the help of his neighbor (Diane Keaton) to raise the granddaughter he never knew he had.

The Fluffy Movie (PG-13) Concert film starring the popular stand-up comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias.

Under the Electric Sky (PG-13): Experience the Electric Daisy Carnival, the largest dance music event in North America, via IMAX 3D.

Hercules (PG-13): Dwayne Johnson and director Brett Ratner tackle the mythical hero, placing him in a reality where the supernatural does not exist.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

The Lottery (10 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime): A new drama series that imagines a dystopian future driven by a global fertility crisis. After a scientist finally manages to fertilize 100 human eggs, a battle over control of the prized embryos begins.

The Newburgh Sting (9 p.m. Monday, HBO): A compelling documentary about a controversial case in which four black men from Newburgh, N.J., were arrested in 2009 for plotting to bomb synagogues. But was it an example of FBI entrapment?

Extant (9 p.m. Wednesday, CBS): The twisted sci-fi tale of continues as Molly (Halle Berry) considers telling her husband about her pregnancy. Meanwhile, their robot kid goes to school for the first time.

Project Runway (9 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime): The new season gets ruthless right from the start as the contestants are told that they must endure one more audition. Three will be sent packing even before the first challenge.

Chuck Barney

Contra Costa Times

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