“Lost” began with a plane crash, but then things really started to get weird. Time travel, a smoke monster and mysterious powers have all come in to play, and viewers are unlikely to get all the answers they seek. All the same, you might not want to bother your “Lostie” friends during the 2 1/2-hour finale. Or even afterwards — when they may be watching a post-finale special, "Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to Lost." Or even before, since the original pilot will air with added pop-up balloons on Saturday, and a two-hour retrospective called "Lost: The Final Journey" will lead into the finale. It may be best not to call your “Lost” pals all weekend, actually. (May 23, 9 p.m., ABC.)
The green ogre known as Shrek is back this week for the final chapter of his story, "Shrek Forever After." And, naturally, it's in 3-D, so be prepared for lime green ogre hands swinging out into the audience. In this chapter, Shrek somehow finds himself in an alternate version of his own universe, one where his wife has never met him and his friends Puss in Boots and Donkey are bizarro versions of themselves. (Opens May 21.)
It won't be in as many theaters as "Shrek," but "180 degrees South" is worth seeking out. The film retraces a 10,000-mile adventure South American travel trip taken by Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins. The two men would later both found adventure gear companies — Chouinard founded Patagonia and Tompkins North Face. Their journey not only inspired their businesses, but their passion to protect the untouched places of the Earth. (Opens May 21.)
Clint Eastwood directed, Morgan Freeman starred. "Invictus" comes with some big Hollywood cred right there. Freeman plays South African president Nelson Mandela, with Matt Damon as the leader of the nation's underdog rugby team, making a surprise run to the 1995 World Cup. The DVD includes a feature-length documentary narrated by Freeman. (On DVD May 18.)
Woody Harrelson earned raves for his starring role in "The Messenger," a film about an army officer tasked with the sad duty of notifying families when a loved one has died. The New Orleans Times-Picayune called it "a tremendously moving drama, filled with heartbreak, humor and, more importantly, humanity." (On DVD May 18.)
Whether you know Sebastian Junger from "The Perfect Storm," his articles in Outside and Vanity Fair, or other sources, you likely appreciate his combination of writerly talent and journalistically solid reporting. Both those elements come together in Junger's latest book, "War," in which he relates the story of his year spent living with American soldiers fighting in Afghanistan's remote Korengal Valley. Wrote Laura Impellizzeri for the Associated Press, "As readers scramble along with Junger on confusing and terrifying raids and watch men he knows die, the whole question of greater purpose seems irrelevant."
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