Screen gems

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

Big screen

Opening Friday

Hall Pass (R): Filmmaking brothers Bobby and Peter Farrelly ( There’s Something About Mary) play to their gross-out, raunchy strengths with this comedy about two friends (Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis) who convince their wives to grant them a week-long reprieve from marriage so they can play the field and remember what it’s like to be young and single again.

Drive Angry 3D (PG-13): Nicolas Cage collects another paycheck with this action-thriller about a father tracking down the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter. Like most of Cage’s movies nowadays, this one is not being screened in advance for critics.

The Other Woman (R): Natalie Portman displays yet another side of her acting talents with this comic drama about a woman trying to bond with her young, resistant stepson.

The Grace Card (PG-13): Christian-themed drama about a cop whose new partner helps him regain his lost faith.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy (9 p.m. Monday, Lifetime): In 2007, Italian authorities accused U.S. exchange student Amanda Knox (or Foxy Knoxy, as she quickly became known in the tabloids) of murdering her American roommate with the aid of two pals. In her trial, prosecutors portrayed Knox as bored, oversexed and remorseless. Her lawyers countered with a picture of an innocent kid caught up in a Kafkaesque, anti-American legal system. My question: How on earth did it take four years for us to get a Lifetime movie out of this case?

Pictures Don’t Lie (8 p.m. Sunday, CNN) Ernest Withers shot some of the most iconic photos of the civil rights movement. But after his death, declassified government documents revealed that Withers was a paid FBI informant, passing along sensitive information on movement leaders. Soledad O’Brien reported this documentary that tries to establish which of Withers’ selves, the public or the private, was the real one.

Saturday Night Live Backstage (9 p.m. Sunday, NBC): An insider peek covering 35 years of auditions, censorship, feuds and bloopers.

The Real Housewives of Miami (10 p.m. Tuesday, Bravo): Hooray for us! We’re apparently only the seventh-trashiest city in America, since six others got their franchises in this backstabbing bitchfest before we did.

Shedding for the Wedding (9 p.m. Wednesday, The CW): Ha ha! Fat people trying on wedding gowns and tuxedos! What could be more fun than that? Well, yeah, most anything.

Glenn Garvin

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