Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of Aug. 3

08/03/2014 12:00 AM

08/02/2014 9:15 PM

Big screen

Opening Friday

Into the Storm (PG-13): The depiction of the destruction of a town by a series of deadly cyclones, told found-footage style.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG-13): The hard-shelled, crime-fighting 1980s icons are back, this time with the help of some state-of-the-art CGI.

Step Up All In (PG-13): An all-star team comprised of characters from the previous movies reunite for a dance competition in Las Vegas. I actually know one person who is excited about this movie.

Calvary (R): Brendan Gleeson is a priest surrounded by dark forces after he is threatened during a confession.

The Hundred-Foot Journey (PG): Helen Mirren stars as the owner of a celebrated French restaurant who is incensed when an Indian restaurant opens just down the street.

Land Ho! (R): A pair of former brothers-in-law, now elderly, agree to take a wintry vacation in Iceland.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

WrestleMania 30: The World Television Premiere (8 p.m. Sunday, NBC): Celebrates three decades of drop-kicks, power slams and suplexes with this special that includes major matches, as well as the return of legends such as Hulk Hogan, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock.

King of Cones (8 p.m. Monday, Food Network): Top-level dessert chefs compete to create the most incredible ice cream treats imaginable.

Partners (9 p.m. Monday, FX): Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence play Chicago lawyers with different backgrounds who form an unlikely bond after meeting in court.

The Knick (10 p.m. Friday, Cinemax): Acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh delivers a medical melodrama that looks nothing like Grey’s Anatomy. Set in 1900 at the struggling Knickerbocker Hospital in New York, this dark and gritty saga follows groundbreaking surgeons and nurses in an era of stunningly high mortality rates and primitive conditions. Leading the way is the arrogant renegade Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen), whose addiction to cocaine is trumped only by his drive to push the boundaries of medicine.

Chuck Barney

Contra Costa Times

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