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Best bets: 'Gnomeo and Juliet,' Bieber bio hit theaters

There's a bit of everything at the movies this week -- a G-rated kids' flick, a historical epic, a star-packed rom-com and, well, Justin Bieber in 3-D. Plus: Three promising new TV shows; "Paranormal Activity 2" on DVD.
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There's a bit of everything at the movies this week — a G-rated kids' flick, an historical epic, a star-packed rom-com and, well, Justin Bieber in 3-D.

The one for the kiddies (and their parents) mixes Shakespeare and animated garden gnomes, and no, I didn't make that up. "Gnomeo and Juliet" features the voices of Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Michael Caine and, weirdly, Ozzy Osbourne. As with the Montagues and Capulets, these gnomes are trapped between feuding families, but the Bard's play didn't include plastic pink flamingos and lawnmower races. (Opens Feb. 11.)

Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman and Brooklyn Decker. That's a lot of good-looking women and one goofy guy for one romantic comedy. In "Just Go With It," viewers are going to have to "just go with" a couple of hard-to-take ideas, including that Sandler is a plastic surgeon and Aniston is willing to pose as his estranged wife to help him romance Decker. But if you want some light laughs, Sandler always delivers, and Aniston knows her way around a joke, too. (Opens Feb. 11.)

Sometimes you're just in the mood for a good old historical piece, with costumes and armies clashing and history that may not be graduate-school accurate, but covers the bases. "The Eagle," an adaptation of the 1954 Rosemary Sutcliff book, focuses on a Roman officer and his slave as they try to learn the truth behind the disappearance of his father and his 5,000-man legion. Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell star. (Opens Feb. 11.)

"Never Say Never" is the Justin Bieber biopic. He is just 16. The film is in 3-D. That is really all you need to know. (Opens Feb. 11.)

You can watch a clip of Bieber talking about the film on the TODAY show on Jan. 31 here.

Shawn Ryan won plenty of fans with his gritty, no-holds-or-swear-words-barred cop show "The Shield." Jason Clarke won his by playing Irish politician Tommy Caffee on the underrated "Brotherhood." Now they've teamed up for perhaps the year's most-anticipated midseason show, one-hour police drama "The Chicago Code." Jennifer Beals plays Clarke's partner. (Feb. 7, 9 p.m., Fox.)

Fox's new comedy "Traffic Light" focuses on three guys at different stages of life — a married dad, a perpetually single dude, and another who's just moved in with his girlfriend. It's based on a hit Israeli sitcom that won an international Emmy and an Israeli TV Academy Award. If it can survive the transplantation process, there could be some laughs here. (Premieres Feb. 8, 9:30 p.m., Fox.)

Can Matthew Perry recapture the comic success of "Friends"? He'll give it a shot with "Mr. Sunshine," in which he plays a hapless manager at a second-tier sports and event arena, working for Emmy-winning Allison Janney. Perry's at his best when he's put upon, and he's put upon plenty in this show's previews. (Premieres Feb. 9, 9:30 p.m., ABC.)

"Paranormal Activity" didn't need pricey special effects to become a horror hit in 2007. All it needed was a spooky night-vision camera and a few bumps in the night. It didn't seem as if a sequel was possible, but where there's money, there's always another idea. "Paranormal Activity 2" came out in 2010, and involved the family of Kristi, sister of original character Katie. There's also a baby and a dog, just to ramp up the "no no don't hurt THEM" panic to ultra-high levels. If you rent or buy it, try to watch it during the day. Not sleeping is bad for you. (Out on DVD Feb. 8.)

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is's movies editor.