MR. Popper’s Penguins In this children’s book adaptation, Mr. Popper has far too many penguins living in his home. It all begins when he writes a letter to Arctic explorers and soon after receives a penguin in the mail. Then Mr. Popper acquires a female penguin. Soon Mr. Popper’s house is overrun by the growing family of penguins. He decides to train them to perform in a traveling show. Rated PG.
Transformers: Dark of the moon Sam Witwicky is back again with his autobot friends — Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide and Sideswipe — in a battle between the autobots and decepticons. The decepticons are out for revenge with new characters and a new villain named Shockwave. This time the two rivals battle it out in space in a race involving the Soviet Union. Rated PG-13.
Zookeeper Animal caretaker, Griffin Keyes loves his animals at the Franklin Park Zoo. But when Griffin decides he wants to meet the woman of his dreams and give up his career taking care of the animals for a different job — the animals aren’t willing to let him go. They teach him out to court women animal-style. But in order to put their plan in motion the animals spill their secret — they can talk. Rated PG.
Horrible bosses Nick, Kurt and Dale have one thing in common — horrible bosses. Dealing with harassment, incompetency, and discrimination, what should they do? Quitting is not an option so they devise a plan to permanently get rid of their bad bosses with murder. They seek the help of an ex-con, who may or may not be trustworthy in order to devise a seemingly foolproof plan. The question is, will it work?
Rated R. FAST FIVE: The IMAX EXPERIENCE Since former cop Brian O’Conner and Mia Toretto broke Dom Toretto out of custody, they’ve blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now they must pull one last job to gain their freedom. As they assemble their team of top racers, the allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. Rated PG-13.
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Wednesday WLTZ at 8 p.m. for The Voice They were chosen by their musical mentors sight unseen, but tonight, one of them will be front and center as the winner of the singing competition — chosen by viewer votes — is announced. Host Carson Daly presides as America learns who will win the $100,000 grand prize and the recording contract.
Thursday WRBL at 8:30 p.m. for Rules of Engagement Timmy starts singing with an a cappella group but understandably tries to keep that news from his snarky boss, Russell. Audrey and Jeff encounter a new and very annoying neighbor. Friday WRBL at 8 p.m. for Flashpoint Greg and his colleagues are called in when an anonymous phone call reveals that a white supremacist group is planning to attack several targets. The team arrests most of the group’s members, but three of them escape, and each one has a bomb. Hugh Dillon and Amy Jo Johnson also star in Follow the Leader.
Saturday HBO at 8 p.m. for Movie: Despicable Me Steve Carell has a good animated match for his vocal talents in Gru, a master criminal who wants to be immortalized as the greatest bad guy ever. A rival has his own designs on that title, so Gru takes several orphans under his wing, intending for them to infiltrate his competitor’s lair, but they end up having an effect on him that he never anticipated. Russell Brand, Julie Andrews and Miranda Cosgrove also are heard in this 2010 comedy.
Sunday HBO at 9 p.m. for True Blood While Sookie tries to adjust to Bon Temps’ new realities, Bill reveals pieces of his past. Eric crashes a witches meeting. Andy struggles with his addiction, while Jessica can no longer resist her craving for blood.
Monday WTVM at 10:01 p.m. for Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition At 651 pounds, James, a 25-year-old Texan, is the heaviest person Chris has ever worked with. A high-school football player who aspired to go pro, James saw his dreams dashed by a knee injury and wound up with a desk job and an unhealthy diet. Former Dallas Cowboys Michael Irvin and Nate Newton — who went through his own extreme weight loss — are brought in to help motivate him in James.
Tuesday WLTZ at 9 p.m. for America’s Got Talent “You’re goin’ to Hollywood, dawg!” Oops, wrong show. The contestants do have their eyes on a California prize, however, as those who made it through the audition rounds take the stage in Las Vegas in hopes of earning a spot in the top 48 and a chance to compete in the live shows in Los Angeles. Nick Cannon hosts, and Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan judge the talent.
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By Jay Bobbin © Zap2it OF GODS AND MEN: French monks encounter unanticipated danger in this true drama, which fared well at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and Cesar Awards. The religious men coexist well with their Algerian region’s Muslims, but the arrival of insurgents sets the stage for a civil war - and for the monks to have to make difficult decisions on what to do next. (Rated R)
TOM AND JERRY: FUR FLYING ADVENTURES, VOLUME 2: The cat-and-mouse duo that did much to put the Hanna-Barbera animation studio on the map returns, fueling 14 short subjects that take them into all sorts of new complications. They perform with the orchestra at the famous Hollywood Bowl, they mount surfboards and they even go hunting for vampires with perhaps the most legendary figure of such pursuits, Van Helsing. (Not rated)
ACCORDING TO JIM: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON: Jim Belushi’s ABC sitcom had a much longer life than most media observers would have anticipated for it, and this set of episodes confirms the familiar qualities that kept it on the air for so many years. The season encompasses the show’s 100th episode, marked by a retrospective of earlier stories framed within a celebration of a wedding anniversary for Cheryl (Courtney Thorne-Smith) and Jim (Belushi). In the final tale here, Cheryl’s sister Dana (Kimberly Williams- Paisley) prepares to walk down the aisle. (Not rated)