Screen gems

A look at the week ahead in the movies and on TV:

Big screen

Opening Friday

No Strings Attached (R): Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutchner co-star as a pair of friends with benefits — until romantic feelings start getting in the way of their purely sexual relationship.

Somewhere (R): Sofia Coppola wrote and directed this delicate, tender story about a Hollywood hot shot (Stephen Dorff) assigned to look after his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning).

The Company Men (R): A year in the life of three white-collar workers (Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper) whose comfortable lives are upended by the economy and corporate downsizing.

The Way Back (PG-13): Director Peter Weir ( The Truman Show, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) returns with this drama about a group of Siberian gulag escapees (including Colin Farrell and Jim Sturgess) who must make a dangerous 4,000-mile trek by foot to find freedom and haven in India.

All Good Things (R): Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst star in this romantic mystery loosely inspired on a real-life unsolved case about a real-estate magnate whose wife disappears under suspicious circumstances. This is the feature-film debut of documentary maker Andrew Jarecki, who previously directed 2003’s knockout Capturing the Friedmans.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

James Ellroy’s LA: City of Demons (10 p.m. Wednesday, Investigation Discovery) Crime writer James Ellroy takes an in-your-face tabloid look at the most infamous Los Angeles murders of the 20th century – ranging from the stabbing of movie star Lana Turner’s mobster boyfriend to the rape-strangulation of his mother – in this lurid new documentary series.

Perfect Couples (8:30 p.m. Thursday, NBC) If TV bloodlines mean anything, this romantic-comedy series ought to have some laughs: One producer (Scott Silveri) worked on Friends, another (Jon Pollack) on 30 Rock.

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (10 p.m. Friday, Starz) Lucy Lawless headlines this six-episode prequel to Starz’s hit blood-and-boobs series Spartacus.

Onion News Network (10 p.m. Friday, IFC) After three years on the Internet, this satirical collection of mock cable news clips (“Try out new recipes and find out what’s killing America’s children!”) moves to television.

Portlandia (10:30 p.m. Friday, IFC) Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen stars in a sitcom send-up of life in Oregon’s most politically correct city.

Glenn Garvin

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