New movies this week
The Other Guys
The gist: A send-up of buddy cop movies starring an SNL alum and that guy from the Funky Bunch. We can only hope the trailer doesn't show all the funny parts. PG-13
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson.
The buzz: It goes great guns, then fizzles out. "A surprising, laugh-out-loud take on the old buddy-cop genre. It's sneaky and smartly funny, offering an almost perfect balance of action and comedy," the Arizona Republic says. "That's the good news. Then there's the matter of the movie's disheartening final 25 minutes."
Step Up 3D
The gist: They keep making these movies about street-dance contests, which are comparable to the old Breakin' movies from the '80s. But this time, it's in 3-D! PG-13
Starring: Adam Sevani, Alyson Stoner, Rick Malambri, Sharni Vinson, Keith "Remedy" Stallworth , Kendra Andrews , Stephen "tWitch" Boss and Joe Slaughter.
The buzz: The only point is to watch the dancing, so why bother reading reviews? "While several of the dance sequences admittedly pack a visual pop, the added dimension does the hokey scripting and some of the acting no favors by amplifying their already noticeable shortcomings," the Hollywood Reporter admonishes.
The gist: A documentary about U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan at a 15-man outpost once considered the most dangerous place on Earth and named after a Pembroke Pines medic who was killed in action. No politics or morality, just the way it is for our troops. R
Starring: 2nd Platoon of Battle Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade
The buzz: Remember before you watch it that U.S. forces eventually gave up defending the Korengal Valley. "As the war in Afghanistan returns to the front pages and the national debate, we owe the men in Restrepo, at the very least, 90 minutes or so of our attention," the New York Post writes. "If nothing else, this film, in showing how much they care about one another, demands the same of us."
— Joshua Gillin [email protected]