Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of July 29

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Big screen

Opening Wednesday

The Smurfs 2 (PG): The evil Gargamel (Hank Azaria) kidnaps Smurfette (Katy Perry) in this sequel to the 2011 hit.

Opening Friday

2 Guns (R): Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are two undercover agents whose identities are exposed while trying to infiltrate a drug cartel. Bullets will fly.

Blackfish (PG-13): This already controversial documentary exposes the perils of keeping killer whales in captivity in water parks such as Sea World.

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Small screen

Inside The American Mob (9 p.m. Sunday, National Geographic Channel) Debuting with back-to-back episodes, this documentary series about the history of organized crime skips the Al Capone era to focus on John Gotti, Little Nicky Scarfo and the real-life contemporaries of Tony Soprano.

The Writers’ Room (10 p.m. Monday, Sundance Channel) So where does somebody come up with the idea of a high-school-chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-kingpin? The writers and producers of AMC’sBreaking Bad offer a peek backstage at their show. Lots of gossip — for instance, that Jesse Pinkman’s character was supposed to just last for a couple of episodes.

Our Nixon (9 p.m. Saturday, CNN) A documentary retelling the story of the Nixon administration — from the moon landing to Watergate — through 8mm home movies shot by presidential aides.


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