(Ratings for each film begin with a "star'' rating -- one star meaning "poor,'' four meaning "excellent'' -- followed by the Motion Picture Association of America rating, and then by a family-viewing guide, the key for which appears below.)
"Superfly": An early-1970s classic gets an update, minus the familiar Curtis Mayfield music score but with Trevor Jackson now in the role of a drug dealer who courts trouble on all sides with his bid for one last score before getting out of his line of work. The Atlanta man is challenged to stay alive as rivals, police officers and cartel members all have him in their sights. The expectedly gritty film's co-stars include Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams ("The Wire''), Jennifer Morrison ("Once Upon a Time''), Esai Morales and Big Boi. Rap star Future, also a producer of the remake, oversaw the soundtrack. *** (R: AS, N, P, V)
"This is Us: The Complete Second Season": The Emmy-winning, tear-inducing NBC drama had a post-Super Bowl airing during its sophomore season that vowed to be "can't-miss'' for its fans ... and it delivered, explaining the fate of Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) fate and guaranteeing that many people would make a careful examination of their slow cookers. Early on, this round features a guest appearance by Sylvester Stallone (with whom Ventimiglia worked in "Rocky Balboa''), playing himself as the star of a movie that an increasingly desperate Kevin (Justin Hartley) also is appearing in. In other developments, Randall and Beth's (Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson) household expands, and Kate and Toby's (Chrissy Metz, Chris Sullivan) relationship advances. Mandy Moore also stars. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)
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"Law & Order: True Crime - The Menendez Murders": One of television's longest-running franchises got a new wrinkle, as executive producer Dick Wolf opted for a true story rather than fictionalizing headlines. Not unlike "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," this made-for-NBC drama involves figures familiar to anyone who followed the case of two brothers (played by Gus Halper and Miles Gaston Villanueva) accused of killing their parents. Edie Falco returned to series TV as defense attorney Leslie Abramson. Among other notables in the cast are Josh Charles, Heather Graham, Anthony Edwards, Julianne Nicholson and Harry Hamlin. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)
"The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special": Still "so glad we had this time together,'' one of television's all-time comedy greats marked a half-century since her classic show's debut with this currently Emmy-nominated CBS special, recorded on the original program's Los Angeles soundstage. Burnett's longtime cohorts Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner also are on hand for the celebration, as are guests and admirers including Jim Carrey, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Bernadette Peters, Stephen Colbert, Jane Lynch and Harry Connick Jr. Separate segments honor Tim Conway (who was unavailable at the time of the taping), the late Harvey Korman and costume designer Bob Mackie. And yes, the clips include one of the funniest skits ever done, the "Gone With the Wind'' parody "Went With the Wind'' (featuring Burnett in a gown with a curtain rod through the shoulders). Additional material not seen in the broadcast version includes testimonials from such Burnett admirers as her longtim e friend Julie Andrews. **** (Not rated: AS)
"Scorpion: The Final Season": For four years, this CBS adventure series had a pretty good run of finding offbeat missions for its team of computer wizards to tackle, but its time ultimately was up. Personal matters -- such as the shifted relationship of Walter and Paige (Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee), and the marriage of Toby and Happy (Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jadyn Wong) -- had big roles here, along with the case of the week, which ranged here from a Halloween ghost hunt to an endangered nuclear plant. Tina Majorino ("Veronica Mars'') joined the cast as the quirky genius next door. Robert Patrick, Ari Stidham and young Riley B. Smith also star. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)
"Fahrenheit 451'' (Sept. 18): In this made-for-HBO remake of the Ray Bradbury fantasy classic, a fireman develops doubts about his mission to burn all books. (Not rated: AS, P)
"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" (Sept. 18): Business interests have their own plans for the dinosaurs now threatened by an active volcano; Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return. (PG-13: P, V)
"Billions: Season Three" (Sept. 25): Axe and Chuck (Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti) both end up in unexpected positions in this season of the Showtime drama series. (Not rated: AS, N, P)
"Dynasty: Season One" (Sept. 25): The CW's reboot of the popular '80s series stars Grant Show as tycoon Blake Carrington and Elizabeth Gillies as his willful daughter Fallon. (Not rated: AS, P, V)
"Solo: A Star Wars Story" (Sept. 25): Alden Ehrenreich has the title role as the younger years of rogue pilot Han Solo are depicted by director Ron Howard. (PG-13: V)
"The Americans: The Complete Final Season" (Oct. 23): Russian spies Elizabeth and Philip (Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys) put the coda on their espionage adventures posing as U.S. citizens. (Not rated: AS, P, V)
Oldies But Goodies:
"Annie" (1982): Carol Burnett makes a top-notch Miss Hannigan in director John Huston's screen version of the hit musical. *** (Also on Blu-ray)
"Christine" (1983): Directed by John Carpenter, the film of the Stephen King tale about a car that possesses its owner (Keith Gordon) marks its 35th anniversary in a new 4K Ultra HD edition. *** (R: AS, P, V)
"Ocean's 11" (1960): Led by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, the "Rat Pack'' members play robbers who plan to loot five Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. *** (Also on Blu-ray)
TOP 10 DVD & Blu-Ray Rentals
(Week ending August 26, 2018, Courtesy of comScore)
1 "Avengers: Infinity War"
2 "Life of the Party"
3 "Breaking In"
6 "Ready Player One"
7 "I Feel Pretty"
8 "Deadpool 2"
9 "Super Troopers"
10 "Show Dogs"
FAMILY VIEWING GUIDE KEY: AS, adult situations; N, nudity; P, profanity; V, violence; GV, particularly graphic violence