John Carter War-weary, former military Capt. John Carter is transported to Mars, where he becomes embroiled in a conflict amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris. In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands. Rated PG-13.
A Thousand Words Jack is a literary agent who can close any deal, any time, any way. He has set his sights on New Age guru Dr. Sinja. But Dr. Sinja is on to him, and Jack’s life comes unglued after a magical Bodhi tree mysteriously appears in his backyard. With every word Jack speaks, a leaf falls from the tree and he realizes that when the last leaf falls, both he and the tree are toast. Rated PG-13.
21 JumP Street Schmidt and Jenko are ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. They join the police force and use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. They find that high school is nothing like it used to be and neither expects they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind. Rated R.
Seeking Justice Will Gerard is a married family man whose life is turned upside-down when his wife, Laura, is attacked one night. Will is approached by Simon, who proposes an intriguing offer: Simon will arrange to have a stranger exact vengeance on Laura’s attacker, in exchange for a favor from Will in the near future. Will consents to the deal, unwittingly pulling himself into a dangerous underground vigilante operation. Rated R.
At the IMAX: Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol Blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, Impossible Missions Force operative Ethan Hunt is disavowed along with the rest of the agency when the president initiates “Ghost Protocol.” Ethan must find a way to clear his agency’s name and prevent another attack. He must work with a team of IMF fugitives with ambiguous motives. Rated PG-13.
Turn the channel to... Wednesday USA at 10 p.m. for Psych Who’s he gonna call? Forget the Ghostbusters; a certain fake psychic has this one. Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) moves into a new condominium, where strange things start occurring. He asks Shawn and Gus to get to the bottom of things in the new episode “Heeeeere’s Lassie.” Lou Gossett Jr. and Sara Rue guest star.
Thursday A&E at 10 p.m. for The First 48 The special new episode “The Killer Speaks” takes viewers inside a criminal investigation from the perspective of the criminal: Terry Blair, who is serving life without parole in a Missouri prison for six counts of first-degree murder. His story was previously told in a 2005 episode of “The First 48.”
Friday WRBL at 10 p.m. for Blue Bloods When the attorney for a woman accused of killing her husband is murdered, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) is assigned to investigate and winds up being questioned in court — where Erin (Bridget Moynahan) is prosecuting the case. Sparks fly between the siblings in the new episode “Reagan V. Reagan.” Tom Selleck and Will Estes also star.
Saturday WLTZ at 8 p.m. for Harry’s Law From Lois Lane to Wonder Woman — there’s a career move. In this episode, Adam and Cassie (Nate Corddry, Karen Olivo) represent a young vigilante (guest star Erica Durance, “Smallville”) who dresses up as Wonder Woman to punish men who abuse women. Harry (Kathy Bates) agrees to fight for the adoption of a gorilla being secretly housed by the owner of a hunting preserve in “Gorilla My Dreams.”
Sunday WXTX at 2:30 p.m. for NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers will roll the dice today in Sin City as Las Vegas Motor Speedway plays host to the Kobalt Tools 400. A field including Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth will take to the venue’s 1.5-mile D-shaped oval in pursuit of an early season victory. Edwards hit the jackpot in last year’s race, taking advantage of a mistake in the pits by Tony Stewart’s crew to record his first win of 2011.
Monday WRBL at 9:31 p.m. for Mike & Molly When Molly (Melissa McCarthy) gets into a fight with her mother and sister, Mike (Billy Gardell) tries to help, but his efforts just make things worse in “Victoria Runs Away.” Reno Wilson and Nyambi Nyambi also star.
Tuesday WLTZ at 9:30 p.m. for Fashion Star Supermodel Elle Macpherson hosts this competitive reality series in which 14 unknown designers will get the chance to win the opportunity to launch their collections in three of America’s largest retailers: Macy’s, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue. At the end of each episode, viewers will have the chance to immediately purchase the winning designs showcased that week. Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and designer John Varvatos serve as mentors.
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MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Michelle Williams has come a long way from TV’s Dawson’s Creek, as she proves with her accomplished portrayal of Marilyn Monroe — which earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination — in this Simon Curtis-directed tale of screen icon Monroe during the filming of the 1957 movie The Prince and the Showgirl. Then recently wed to playwright Arthur Miller, Monroe is helped by a production assistant (Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark, whose memoir inspired this film) who gets quite a different view of the actress away from the lights and cameras. Kenneth Branagh also was a recent Oscar nominee for his evocation here of another screen legend, Sir Laurence Olivier. (Rated R)
THE DESCENDANTS A recent Oscar winner for best adapted screenplay, this excellent comedy-drama also had bids for best picture, actor (a superb George Clooney) and director. The story revolves around a husband and father whose connection with his daughters (Shailene Woodley, who won a Film Independent Spirit Award for the film, and Amara Miller) intensifies after his wife is left comatose by an accident. The revelation of a stunning secret about her sends the others on an emotional journey across Hawaii. (Rated R)
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Long an iconic figure in Europe, the title character gets the performance-capture style of animation from director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson in this Golden Globe Award-winning saga. Young reporter Tintin aligns with sea captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) to race villains to scrolls that, when put together, will indicate the location of a treasure. (Rated PG)