New movies this week
The gist: To celebrate 50 years of James Bond, Javier Bardem breaks out a creepy and goofy hairstyle once again to play a villain out to get revenge on MI6 and M, but 007 is in the way, natch. Not that Javier's character minds all that much, if you get what we're saying. PG-13
The cast: Daniel Craig, Bardem, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney and Berenice Lim Marlohe.
The buzz: This is potentially the best Bond adventure, well, ever, to hear some people tell it. "This is a brilliant reboot of the canon, mixing a sense of melancholy, the shock of changing times and the darkness of loss with thrillingly staged chase and fight scenes and clever references to all that has come before," the San Jose Mercury News lauds.
Little Red Wagon
The gist: A based-on-a-true-story affair about Zach Bonner, a 7-year-old Valrico boy who walked from Tampa and Tallahassee and beyond in 2007 collecting emergency supplies for Hurricane Charley en route to starting his own charity. PG
The cast: Anna Gunn, Chandler Canterbury, Frances O'Connor, Dylan Matzke, Daveigh Chase and Anthony Reynolds.
The buzz: Made for about $5 million by a nonprofit, it's a bit uneven and sappy, but as inspirational as the story was in real life. It's not like they're going to try to make it full of conflict. "It's a nice movie, probably too much so for viewers seeking meatier drama," the Tampa Bay Times' Steve Persall says.
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