Red Tails It’s 1944 during World War II. The black pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program are fighting against an overseas enemy but must also fight discrimination and racism at home. The pilots are given inferior planes despite being master pilots. Will the pilots be able to overcome their obstacles and brave the skies? Rated PG-13.
Underworld: Awakening This fourth film shot in 3-D, brings back the lycans and vampires. Only this time they aren’t battling each other. The two usual enemies must fight against humankind who seek their eradication now that they’ve been discovered. Selene leads the way in the battle of vampires and lycans versus humans. Who will prevail? Rated R.
One for the Money One for the Money brings Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) and favorite characters to the big screen. Needing quick cash, she decides to become a recovery agent for a bail bonding company. Her first bail jumper is the biggest surprise of them all — Joe Morelli, the guy from high school who dumped her. Maybe she’ll like this job after all. Rated PG-13.
The Grey An oil-drilling team survives a crash that leaves it stranded in Alaska. Now, a pack of wolves are after them. Humans may not be on the top of the food chain in this film. Being hunted, suffering from injuries and dealing with ice cold weather, the crew must stay alive and fight off the wolves that see them as intruders in their territory. Will they survive? Rated R.
Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West Go back in time --— before the American West was known as the American frontier — and follow the famous explorers, Lewis and Clark, into the land of unknown. Watch as the beauty and danger of the land unfold as the captains lead a group of people, including a woman and her infant son, through an unknown land, to the Pacific Ocean and back. Not Rated.
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Wednesday WXTX at 8 p.m. for American Idol Host Ryan Seacrest and judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are back for Season 11 of the hit singing competition, which returns for a two-part season premiere tonight and Thursday and continues with a prime-time broadcast Sunday following the NFC Championship Game.
Thursday WRBL at 8 p.m. for The Big Bang Theory Could Leonard and Penny (Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco) be rekindling their romance? It looks to be headed that way when he extends a spur-of-the-moment invitation to a romantic dinner. Whether this is a good thing remains to be seen, however. Jim Parsons and Simon Helberg also star in the new episode “The Recombination Hypothesis.”
Friday HBO at 9:30 p.m. for On Freddie Roach HBO and filmmaker Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights”) team up for this innovative new series following Freddie Roach, the world-famous boxing trainer who has worked with the likes of Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao. This intensely personal look at Roach chronicles his life and career against the backdrop of Parkinson’s disease, an ailment very likely linked to his own boxing past.
Saturday LIFETIME at 8 p.m. for Drew Peterson: Untouchable Legendarily handsome actor Rob Lowe spent nine hours a day in the makeup chair to play real-life Illinois cop Drew Peterson, accused of murdering his third wife and suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy (Kaley Cuoco), a naive woman 30 years his junior.
Sunday WTVM at 8 p.m. for Once Upon a Time As Mary Margaret and David (Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas) continue to struggle with unrequited love, a mysterious newcomer to town raises Emma and Regina’s (Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla) suspicions. In the fairy-tale realm, Snow White (Goodwin) nurses a broken heart as Prince Charming (Dallas) prepares to wed another. Robert Carlyle also stars in the new episode “7:15 A.M.”
Monday FAM at 8 p.m. for Pretty Little Liars Toby (Keegan Allen) continues pursuing Spencer (Troian Bellisario), who realizes there’s only one way to end it and keep him safe. Hanna (Ashley Benson) fears that Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) is putting himself in danger by helping the girls with their search. Aria (Lucy Hale) is desperate to find out why Ezra (Ian Harding) is avoiding her. Shay Mitchell also stars in the new episode “The Blond Leading the Blind.”
Tuesday WRBL, WTVM, WLTZ, WXTX, CNBC at 9 p.m. for State of the Union Whether he gives another one will depend on what happens in November, but in any event, this State of the Union address to Congress and the American people is President Barack Obama’s last one for this term. As for where to watch it, you have plenty of choices, so feel free to go with the network whose after-speech commentators you prefer.
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REAL STEEL Hugh Jackman is the nominal star, but the main attraction in this involving combination of parent-child reunion tale and fantasyadventure is a robot. In a near future when the masses are entertained by bouts between mechanical machines, Jackman plays a fight promoter whose previously unknown young son (Dakota Goyo) involves him in refurbishing a cyborg to make its mark in the ring. Sugar Ray Leonard, who certainly knows the game, was a consultant on the boxing sequences. (Rated PG-13)
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 Reaffirming — much to its credit — that the suspense franchise was more than just a one-trick pony, this third round delves even farther into the past than the preceding prequel, with the younger incarnations of the sisters (played as adults by returnees Katie Featherston and Sprague Grayden) experiencing their initial hauntings as a video camera records clues to the events. The style will seem familiar to those who saw the pseudo-documentary “Catfish,” since this was handled by the same filmmakers, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. (Rated R)
50/50 Joseph Gordon-Levitt builds on his successes in “(500) Days of Summer” and “Inception” via his intriguing teamwork with Seth Rogen in this comedy-drama, which writer Will Reiser based on his own bout with cancer. Gordon-Levitt plays a patient whose girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) proves less than a stand-by-your-man type, so he finds his biggest support in his unconventional best friend (Rogen, of course) and a novice therapist (Anna Kendrick, also superb). Anjelica Huston, Matt Frewer and Philip Baker Hall also are in the noteworthy cast. (Rated R)