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new movies for Aug. 28

New movies this week

Taking Woodstock

The gist: More Boomer worship ensues as Ang Lee follows an interior designer connected to a family motel behind the scenes at the cultural touchstone concert. R

Starring: Demetri Martin, Emile Hirsch, Imelda Staunton, Henry Goodman, Jonathan Groff, Mamie Gummer, Eugene Levy and Liev Schreiber.

The buzz: It's getting a lot of flak for not featuring the music, but guess what? Many of the people there didn't hear the music, either. "It's a low-wattage film about a high-wattage event," the Hollywood Reporter says. "Which is somewhat disappointing, though you do get a thoughtful, playful, often amusing film about what happened backstage at one of the '60s' great happenings."

Halloween II

The gist: Rob Zombie's remake train lurches down the track with his take on the Michael Myers legend. Again. R

Starring: Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Danielle Harris, Daniel Roebuck, Ezra Buzzington, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Jeffrey Daniel Phillips and Dayton Callie.

The buzz: The first remake was eh, but that didn't stop the studio from green-lighting another trip to Haddonfield. It's so good they're hiding it from critics again.

The Final Destination

The gist: What is with the trend in slightly changing the original title for all these sequels? This is the third one, by the way, because it's in 3-D. You know what it's about. On the plus side, Seminole High grad Bobby Campo is the lead. Read more on Page 24. R

Starring: Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Krista Allen, Mykelti Williamson, Haley Webb, Nick Zano, Andrew Fiscella and Richard T. Jones.

The buzz: Why bother? A bunch of young people get killed. The end.

Adam

The gist: Rom-com formula 4C: A sheltered young man with Asperger's falls in love with the worldly woman next door, and they live, laugh and love etc. PG-13

Starring: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving and Frankie Faison.

The buzz: These movies are like plot points at a Mongolian BBQ, so take what you want. "It's hard to buy this relationship even for a moment," Entertainment Weekly says. "Adam is sweet, meticulous, and, at times, sort of clever, but it's also a not-quite-surprising-enough heartwarming trifle."

Also showing

Loren Cass

St. Petersburg filmmaker Chris Fuller presents a disjointed look at a youthful, nihilistic subculture that draws from the 1996 racial disturbances in his hometown, but never directly refers to them. Check it out during a limited engagement at the Beach Theatre. Movie listings begin on Page 35.

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

Upcoming releases

Sept. 4: All About Steve; Carriers; Extract; Gamer

Sept. 9: 9

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