May 20, 2012 at 2:42 AM ET
It's time to say farewell to Dr. Gregory House, and hello again to "Men in Black" Agents J and K. And if you think you've heard some rustling under your floorboards -- it may not be mice. Read on for our top three entertainment picks of the week.
1. MONDAY: "House" series finale
If your hands are suddenly covered with boils, or you haven't slept in 10 days, or your daughter mysteriously collapsed while on a merry-go-round, you want to get Dr. Gregory House. For eight seasons, Hugh Laurie played House, the Sherlock Holmes of medicine, a cranky, cane-using doc who could diagnosis even the most bizarre condition. Laurie's always been surrounded by an excellent supporting cast, especially Robert Sean Leonard as soft-spoken oncologist Wilson, the Dr. Watson to Laurie's Holmes. And now as the show wraps up for good, Wilson himself has been stricken with cancer. How will House deal with the possible loss of the only friend he's really ever had? Get out the Kleenex and don't miss your chance to see the crotchety but brilliant doctor one last time. (May 21, 8 p.m., Fox.)
2. TUESDAY: "Secret World of Arrietty" on DVD
Perhaps the best children's movie to hit U.S. theaters in 2012 is "Secret World of Arrietty," a wonderful Japanese animated film based on Mary Norton's childhood classic "The Borrowers." There's no violence, no swearing, no sex, and not even anything too scary, but the film paints a beautiful world of little people living under our floorboards and coming out at night to sneak sugar cubes and tissues. When a young boy awaiting a serious operation discovers a young Borrower girl, Arrietty, they strike up a sweet and innocent friendship that has shattering repercussions for the little people. The film doesn't talk down to kids -- adults will enjoy it too. (Out on DVD May 22.)
3. FRIDAY: "Men in Black 3"
The great thing about the "Men in Black" series was how it created a universe that seemed normal, but just below the surface was a roiling Crazyland. The series features talking pugs, tabloid headlines that are truer than anything run in the real papers, memory-wiping devices and, of course, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in sunglasses and dark suits as Agents J and K, monitoring extraterrestrials on Earth. In this, the third "Men in Black" film, J finds himself in a universe where K has been dead for 40 years, and he must time-travel to 1969 to bring his partner back. (In theaters May 25.)
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