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Best bets: 'Sanctum' set to make a splash

An underwater 3-D adventure from James Cameron? Sign us up! Also this week: Don't miss the Puppy Bowl; "Glee" cast does Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
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MOVIES
James Cameron proved he knew his way around 3-D ("Avatar," anyone?) and he's a known expert in underwater exploration and filming. He combines those two interests as a producer of "Sanctum," a film which follows underwater cave divers who find themselves trapped by a storm and must fight their way out or die deep below the surface. Yes, 3-D is often overused in films today, but Cameron got it right in "Avatar," so we'll give him the benefit of the doubt. (Opens Feb. 4.)

TV
You don't need me to tell you about the Super Bowl (Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m., FOX). But what you may want to know about is all the surrounding TV goodness. Animal Planet will air Puppy Bowl VII that same day, and the starting lineup is a lot cuter than any of the Steelers or Packers. Puppy Bowl also includes a new Puppy Cam, a hamster-driven blimp, and the beloved kitten halftime show. (Feb. 6, 3 p.m., Animal Planet.)

After the Super Bowl, "Glee" returns with its much-anticipated episode featuring Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (somehow mashed up with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Heads Will Roll.") "This is up there with the Rocky Horror, Madonna and Britney episodes, because there's so much production going into it," star Cory Monteith told Us Weekly. (Feb. 6, post-Super Bowl, FOX)

They don't exactly look like the Spice Girls. The Spirit of Goodwill Band is a Florida musical group made up of nearly 30 employees of Goodwill Industries, all of whom have severe disabilities, many of whom are mentally challenged. Their challenges don't stop them from making music, and the critically acclaimed documentary "For Once in My Life" shows the band members in concert and in their everyday lives, and is both inspiring and enthralling. (Feb. 1, 10 p.m. ET but check local times, PBS)

DVD
The Hollywood Reporter writes that an alternate name for the 2010 documentary "The Tillman Story" might be "The Tillman Cover-up." You know the story — Pat Tillman left a multimillion dollar NFL career to enlist in the Army in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. But when he was killed in Afghanistan in 2004, it was friendly fire that killed him, and the lies and cover-up ran deep. Said his mother, Dannie: ""It's an atrocity that they would take a young man with honorable intentions, who served his country, and lie about how he died, to promote a war. To use him as a propaganda tool. That is immoral." (Out on DVD Feb. 1.)

"Never Let Me Go" was one of those fascinating novels that many readers feared would be ruined when it was turned into a movie. But the film, from a screenplay by Alex Garland, who wrote "The Beach," was met with mostly positive reviews, and stars Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield, whose careers have taken off since the film was shot. (Mulligan was up for an Oscar in 2010 for starring in "An Education," and Garfield plays Eduardo Saverin in "The Social Network" and is starring as the new Spider-Man in 2012.) Associated Press critic Christy Lemire called the film a "gorgeous, provocative look at humanity." And even if you know the plot twist, it's still stunning to see it played out. (Out on DVD Feb. 1)

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is TODAYshow.com's movies editor.