“Her”, season finales highlight this week on TV

May is the traditional end of season for most of the scripted shows on the major networks. The next couple of weeks will feature a host of finales. So fire up the DVRs and get prepared for lots of shocking events and cliffhangers.

New this week on Movies on Demand

“Her” is not an easy film to get excited about. The film is, essentially, about a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who in the near future falls in love with his new operating system (the voice of Scarlett Johansson). But that is far too simplistic. “Her” is a beautifully crafted movie that delves into mysteries of love and romance as well isolation and alienation. The film, written and directed by Spike Jonze, was nominated for five Oscars, winning for best original screenplay. Available May 13.

I, Frankenstein
Our first guilty pleasure of the week. “I, Frankenstein” seeks to recast the Frankenstein legend by turning the mythic monster into a demon fighting superhero. The film is a mix of science fiction and fantasy, not unlike the “Underworld” films. Check your mind at the door and “I, Frankenstein” is fun film. Available May 13

monumentsmenThe Monuments Men
“The Monuments Men” is based on the true story of an unlikely group of allied soldiers tasked with saving a horde of looted Nazi art from destruction. The soldiers consist of art experts, most of them more comfortable in a museum than on a battlefield. The talented cast includes George Clooney (who also directed), Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Cate Blanchett. “The Monuments Men” is a little creaky at times, and takes a little while to get going, but it’s a good old-school action film that everyone can enjoy. Available May 20.

This is another guilty pleasure film. “Pompeii” features cliches galore (wooden dialogue, gross historical inaccuracies, bad acting), but it’s got decent action sequences, solid special effects, attractive leads and an exploding volcano (and who doesn’t like exploding volcanos). “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington plays a gladiator who has to save his beloved from a corrupt politician – and an exploding volcano! Available May 20.

About Last Night
A funny remake of the Demi Moore/Rob Lowe film from 1986. The best thing about the film is the cast, including Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant and Regina Hall. Hart is especially engaging. The film, which follows two couples as they navigate the the perils of modern relationships, is definitely for mature audiences. Available May 20.

TV Highlights

yangSo many shows. So little time. That’s what a good DVR is for. With the networks wrapping up the 2013-14 season, here are some of the highlights that you might not want to miss.

  • Castle – May 13 – ABC – Castle and Beckett’s wedding approaches!
  • Glee – May 13 – Fox – Wrap up another year at McKinley High as “Glee” heads into its final season.
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – May 13 – ABC – Coulson and the team come up against Hydra.
  • NCIS – May 13 – CBS – Gibbs deals with the death of his father.
  • Arrow – May 14 – Fox – Team Arrow and Slade go to war as someone Oliver is close to is kidnapped.
  • Nashville – May 14 – ABC – The soap sizzles as lots of drama comes to a head.
  • The Big Bang Theory – May 15 – CBS – Sheldon considers a major change.
  • Grey’s Anatomy – May 15 – ABC – Say farewell to Dr. Cristina Yang (the great Sandra Oh).
  • The Vampire Diaries – May 15 – CW – Our favorite undead soap opera has Damon (Ian Somerhalder) trying to save the world.
  • Saturday Night Live – May 17 – NBC – Andy Samberg returns as host.
  • Bones – May 19 – FOX – A government cover up makes Booth’s future with the FBI uncertain.
  • Warehouse 13 – May 19, SyFy – Catch the series finale to one of the freshest and most fun sci-fi shows on television.
  • The Voice – May 20 – NBC – Who walks away as this year’s champion? Find out.
  • American Idol – May 20/21 – Fox – See who will be the 13th American Idol.

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