Screen gems

‘Into the Woods’: Meryl Streep stars as the troublesome witch.
‘Into the Woods’: Meryl Streep stars as the troublesome witch. WALT DISNEY PICTURES

Big screen

Opening Thursday

Big Eyes (PG-13): Tim Burton gets serious with this drama recounting the life of the acclaimed 1950s painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and the ensuing battles with her husband (Christoph Waltz), who started taking credit for her work.

The Gambler (R): Mark Wahlberg stars as a college professor with a serious gambling addiction in this remake of the 1970s James Caan classic.

The Imitation Game (PG-13): Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the eccentric British genius who built a machine (arguably the first computer) that could crack the complicated encryption code used by Nazis in their messages during World War II.

Into the Woods (PG-13): Rob Marshall (Chicago) directs this adaptation of the Broadway musical phenomenon about a witch (Meryl Streep) making life difficult for Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) and Jack (Daniel Huttlestone), the one with the beanstalk. Johnny Depp, Chris Pine Emily Blunt and Lucy Punch round out the star-studded cast.

Unbroken (PG-13) Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the screenplay and Angelina Jolie directed this retelling of the harrowing experiences of Louis Zamperini (played by Jack O’Connell), the Olympic runner who was captured by the Japanese during World War II.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Homeland (9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime): We were so ready to give up on this spy thriller after a clunky Season 3. But Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and company have revived our interest with a turbocharged fourth season that, sadly, comes to an end this week. We can only hope our heroes make it out of strife-torn Islamabad alive.

The Affair (10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime): We have no idea what will happen to star-crossed lovers Noah and Alison (Dominic West and Ruth Wilson) when this series wraps up its scintillating first season tonight. But as usual, we'll be riveted to our sofas and loudly scolding them both.

The Year: 2014 (9 p.m. Tuesday, ABC): Host Robin Roberts reviews some of the biggest stories of the past 12 months, including the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, the Ebola virus and the fight against the Islamic State group.

Now That’s Funny! On Set with TV’s Hottest Comedies (8 p.m. Friday, CBS): Aisha Tyler hosts this Paley Center special that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of popular sitcoms, including The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family.

Chuck Barney

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