OUT ON RENTAL: TOY STORY 3
There’s still plenty of life left in Buzz Lightyearand cowboy Woody, as Tim Allen and Tom Hanks reprise their voice roles in this delightful and quite affecting sequel to the two earlier Disney-Pixar box-office smashes. With their owner, Andy, heading off to college, most of his toys — except for Woody, who goes with him — get a new destination, a day care center where they aren’t treated too well. That gives them even more fuel for their planned getaway
Michael Keaton gives voice to Ken, longtime boyfriend of Barbie. DVD extras: “makingof” documentaries; “Day and Night” short subject. Rated G. (Also on Blu-ray)
Properly rewarded this year on the award circuit, this Emmy-honored HBO miniseries — boasting Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, repeating their Band of Brothers teamwork, among its producers — focuses on three U.S. Marines (played by James Badge Dale, Joe Mazzello and Jon Seda) and their experiences during World War II. The arc of the saga traces their growth from novice soldiers first entering combat to their return home as veterans who have participated in many of the horrors of war. DVD extras: four “making-of” documentaries. Not rated. (Also on Blu-ray).
It’s back to “gladiator” territory as this adventure from writer-director Neil Marshall (The Descent) focuses on Roman warriors who must fend for themselves when their leader is captured by enemy troops. They ultimately decide on what could turn out to be a suicide mission, as they mount a rescue strategy meant to end in a desperate race to get back to their home turf. Stars include Michael Fassbender, Dominic West and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace). DVD extras: two “making-of” documentaries; deleted scenes; outtakes; interviews with cast and crew; behind-the-scenes footage; photo gallery. Rated R. (Also on Blu-ray)
COMING SOON: CHARLIE ST. CLOUD
Zac Efron plays a young man whose plans are impacted by a personal tragedy, then altered again by a new romance; Amanda Crew, Kim Basinger and Ray Liotta also star. Rated PG-13.
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WRBL at 9 p.m. for CSI: NY
Despite its title, this procedural drama, now in its seventh season,actually films most scenes in Los Angeles, but new series regular Sela Ward gets her first chance to do some location filming in New York in “Do Not Pass Go,” a tense new episode that finds Mac (Gary Sinise) and his team sleuthing the puzzling case of a killer who is able to get his victims’ parents to tamper with his crime scenes.
FAM at 6 p.m. for The Spiderwick Chronicles
The popular fantasy novels by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi were bound to fuel a movie, and director Mark Waters does a fine job translating the concept to the screen. Freddie Highmore (“Finding Neverland”) plays twin brothers who relocate with their mother and sister (Mary-Louise Parker, Sarah Bolger) to a new house. In it is a book that creatures including goblins and ogres want, meaning big adventure for the boys.
A&E at 8 p.m. for Amityville: The Final Testament
More than 35 years after he was sent to prison for the horrifying crime of killing his entire family, a terminal illness compels Ronald DeFeo Jr. to tell the whole story of what became known to millions as “the Amityville murders” to renowned psychic Jackie Barrett. Utilizing her unique ability and unprecedented access to DeFeo, Barrett presents what may become the definitive account of this bone-chilling case.
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WLTZ at 9 p.m. for The Women of SNL
From Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman and the late, great Gilda Radner to the current cast, the female members of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players have created some of the long-running comedy show’s most memorable moments and characters. They’re spotlighted here in this special that includes appearances by such alumnae as Tina Fey, Nora Dunn, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Newman, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer and Cheri Oteri.
WLTZ at 8 p.m. for The Biggest Loser
Fall in, you maggots! This new episode takes the contestants to Camp Pendleton to train like U.S. Marines — obstacle courses, rifle exercises, hikes with oversize backpacks and all. While some falter under the pressure, others get into it, with one even shaving his head to look the part. Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels oversee a last-chance workout at the camp’s gym before the final weigh-in.
SYFY at 9 p.m. for Ghost Hunters
Don’t look for Bill Murray or Dan Aykroyd here: Despite some similarities to “Ghostbusters,” the poltergeist seekers are for real in the case of this series. Plumbers Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson run The Atlantic Paranormal Society, which helps people try to resolve eerie and inexplicable situations. Dave Tango and Steve Gonsalves also appear in the new episode “Home Is Where the Heart Is.”
AMC at 8 p.m. for The Kingdom
The U.S. doesn’t care much for legal red tape when it comes to citizen deaths from terrorists. In this 2007 action drama, Westerners are killed in a bombing on a housing complex. An FBI agent (Jamie Foxx) assembles a team (Chris Cooper, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner) to go into Saudi Arabia and find the bomber. They are assisted by a Saudi colonel (Ashraf Barhom) who also doesn’t always play by the rules.