New this week on Movies on Demand
The World’s End
One of the most entertaining films coming out this week is the British sci-fi comedy “The World’s End.” The film comes from the team of Simon Pegg (best known as Mr. Scott in the new “Star Trek” films) and writer-director Edgar Wright. If you’ve seen the duos previous films, “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz,” you’ll know what you’re getting into. It’s decidedly offbeat, funny and one-of-a-kind. In the film, Pegg gathers his old drinking buddies together for an epic pub crawl. Unfortunately, the town may have been taken over by robots. Sounds strange? It is. But it’s wickedly funny. Available Nov. 19.
If you’re looking for action, go no further than “2 Guns.” This underrated thriller stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, who play undercover agents caught in a web of corruption and deceit. The film features some nice twists, solid action, plus an excellent cast. Available Nov. 19.
For the kiddies, there’s the 3D animated film “Planes.” This “Cars” spinoff will thrill the little ones. Available Nov. 19.
The Way Way Back
Not new this week, but well worth the time, is The Way, Way Back, a coming-of-age story about a shy 14-year old boy who struggles finding a place in the world. The movie is funny and sweet, but also painfully honest. Available now.
On TV this week one of the more interesting options is the debut of Fox’s “Almost Human”, a buddy cop show set in the not-to-distant future. The series stars Karl Urban (Dr. McCoy in “Star Trek”) as a jaded cop and Michael Ealy as his soulful android partner. “Almost Human” debuts on Nov. 17. A second episode will run on Monday, Nov. 18, which will be the show’s slot going forward.
Billy Joel fans might want to catch Thursday’s episode of “Glee.” The kids from McKinley High take on the Piano Man.
On Friday, fans of the CW’s “Nikita” can catch the first of a six episode run that will conclude the series. No doubt Nikita (the great Maggie Q) and her cohorts will send the show off with butt-kicking exploits.
Bill Cosby: Far from Finished
Saturday, Nov. 22, marks the return of Bill Cosby. The legendary comedian stars in “Bill Cosby: Far from Finished,” a special for Comedy Central. It is Cosby’s first TV concert in 30 years.
Finally, this week marks the 50th anniversary of “Dr. Who.” The venerable British science fiction show will be celebrated with a series specials on BBC America, culminating with the 50th anniversary special, “Doctor Who: The Day of Doctor,” starring the Matt Smith and David Tennant (the 11th and 10th Doctors, respectively).