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.
The Hunger Games Every year, the nation of Panem forces each of its 12 districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight one another until one survivor remains. Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts, as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. Rated PG-13.
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.
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Wednesday WLTZ at 8 p.m. for Whitney Realizing they haven’t heard from Neal in some time, Whitney and Alex pay him a surprise visit at his apartment, where they find him with someone new on what looks to be a date. Whitney invites everyone over for dinner, an opportunity for Neal to break the news to Lily (Zoe Lister-Jones), in the new episode G-Word.
Thursday WLTZ at 10 p.m. for Awake An escaped convict whom Mike arrested years ago kidnaps his son, Rex, while in Mike’s other reality, in which Rex is dead, an investigation into a teenage boy’s disappearance keeps Mike from an event honoring his son. Clues from both realities result in a confrontation in which Mike’s sanity is called into question in the new episode Guilty.
Friday USA at 9 p.m. for Fairly Legal In the second season, feisty mediator Kate has a new conflict — and potential hot romance — on her hands in the form of the sharp, hustling, up-and-coming trial attorney Ben Grogan. Hired by Lauren to save the firm, which is on the verge of collapse, Ben’s presence adds fuel to Kate’s already at-odds relationship with her soon-to-be ex-husband, Justin (Michael Trucco).
Saturday WLTZ at 9 p.m. for The Firm Mitch (Josh Lucas) represents a prisoner on death row who wants to make amends to the family he wronged. Tammy (Juliette Lewis) inherits a house, which puts pressure on her relationship with Ray (Callum Keith Rennie). New information arises about the experiences that shaped the mysterious Sarah Holt in the new episode “Chapter Eleven.” Molly Parker also stars. Sunday WTVM at 8 p.m. for Once Upon a Time When Emma (Jennifer Morrison) arrests her in connection with Kathryn’s murder, Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) hires Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) to represent her. In the fairy-tale realm, Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) tries to stop an addled Snow White (Goodwin) from killing the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) in the new episode “Heart of Darkness.”
Monday FAM at 8 p.m. for Pretty Little Liars Aria, Hanna, Emily and Spencer finally come face to face with their mysterious tormentor, “A,” but not before one last cat-and-mouse game that plays out at Rosewood’s Junior League Masquerade Gala. Holly Marie Combs and Chad Lowe also star in the season finale, Unmasked.
Tuesday HIST 9 p.m. for Top Gear Any prom-bound gang of teenagers or bevy of bachelorette partiers can rent a limousine these days. So where’s the glamour? Adam, Tanner and Rutledge decide to put the star power back in limousines by building their own. Then they pit their creations against one another by transporting celebrities in the new episode Limos.
Out on video THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO: Rooney Mara earned an Oscar nomination for her striking transformation in cinema’s second run at the Stieg Larsson best seller, about a decidedly unconventional computer hacker who helps a disgraced journalist (Daniel Craig) investigate a years-ago disappearance. Director David Fincher (The Social Network) gives the result a haunting atmosphere unto itself, justifying this second screen variation on the tale; Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright and Stellan Skarsgard also star. (Rated R)
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY: A superb revisiting of the John Le Carre espionage novel that fueled a highly regarded television miniseries, this take on the tale boasts a fabulous, Oscar-nominated performance by Gary Oldman as former British intelligence agent George Smiley. He’s brought back into MI6 to determine the identity of a mole whose actions threaten to compromise other operatives. (Rated R)
THE MUPPETS: Jim Henson’s long-popular creations get a major, hugely entertaining reboot in this comedy-fantasy that reunites Kermit and Miss Piggy to restore their former base of operation and save it from the oil tycoon (Chris Cooper) who wants it for his own questionable purposes. Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) and Amy Adams are well-chosen to lead the human part of the cast as the longtime Muppet fans who assist their felt idols, the result being highspirited fun for all ages. Billy Crystal and Jack Black are among the familiar faces who have cameos. (Rated PG)