April 8, 2012 at 1:11 PM ET
"Three Stooges" will get more publicity this week, but the movie we can whole-heartedly recommend is "Cabin in the Woods." And HBO just keeps making us want to splurge on the premium channel -- first, it was "Game of Thrones" and now it's "Girls." Here's our look at what's ahead this week in entertainment.
Filmed back in 2009 and shelved for years due to M.G.M.'s bankruptcy woes, "Cabin in the Woods" is not really a horror movie. It's more of a riff on horror movies, and may make you look at all future scary flicks with new eyes. We don't want to give anything away, but as you can tell from the trailer and the poster, there's more going on here than meets the eye. Standouts in the cast include Chris Hemsworth (pre-"Thor") and Bradley Whitford, with a brief but memorable appearance by Sigourney Weaver. (Opens April 13.)
In "Lockout," the president's daughter visits an orbiting space prison full of the galaxy's worst criminals. And then she does a Bad Idea Jeans commercial, because in what universe is this a smart thing to do? When the inmates take over the prison, it's up to Guy Pearce, as a government agent convicted of a crime he didn't commit, to head up there and save her. If it sounds like Pearce is playing a modern-day Snake Plissken from "Escape from New York" and "Escape from L.A.," yeah, it sounds that way to us, too. Let's hope "Lockout" is more of the former than the latter. (Opens April 13.)
It was a century ago that the unsinkable Titanic sank into the icy waters of the North Atlantic. James Cameron's 1997 film, "Titanic," has just been re-released in 3-D, and television is also remembering the great ship. "Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved" tells the story of an exhaustive expedition to the wreck which explored and mapped the entire site in hopes of determining what exactly was responsible for the wreck. (Hint: iceberg.) (April 15, 8 p.m., History.)
Judd Apatow has earned a reputation for smart comedy, from "Freaks and Geeks" to "Bridesmaids." He's now a producer on the new HBO series "Girls," which The Hollywood Reporter has already called a "brilliant gem." Like "Sex and the City," it looks at four young women trying to make it in New York, but critic Tim Goodman says, " 'Girls' is a much more lo-fi, rooted-in-realism affair, and it mines the honesty of its characters in such a way that it produces both robust comedy and genuine, emotionally dramatic moments." Man, between this and "Game of Thrones," we're just going to have to pony up for HBO one of these days, aren't we? (Series premiere, April 15, 10:30 p.m., HBO.)
Meryl Streep won the best actress Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA award for playing former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." The acclaimed actress takes Thatcher from her political prime up to the present day, as a widow and perhaps Alzheimer's sufferer. While the film has to skip over much of the events of Thatcher's career, it presents a touching (if fictionalized) portrait of her in her 80s, a once-powerful woman who has been forced to let others help her with even the simplest things. (Out on DVD April 10.)