New movies this week
The gist: A cast of all-stars breathes life into the Warren Ellis comic series about CIA operatives who were forced into retirement, framed for an assassination and must now prove that senior citizens can still kick ass, to the delight of gunfire-and-explosion-loving audiences everywhere. PG-13
The cast: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich and Karl Urban.
The buzz: Critics actually like it, which wasn't necessary for this year's other Action Stars of Yesteryear nostalgiafest, The Expendables, but it can't hurt — especially with this lineup. "RED isn't a great movie, but it's great fun, and if that sounds like damning with faint praise, you take things too seriously," the Arizona Republic reasons.
Waiting for Superman
The gist: A documentary that explores why America's public schools are such failures, and what possibly can be done to turn it around. First step: Quit letting the kids watch Jersey Shore. PG
The cast: A bunch of kids for whom you're really going to feel sorry.
The buzz: The real tragedy is that most of you will go into this excellent pic having no idea that the system is set up for the kids to fail. An educated populace is dangerous to bureaucracy, you know. "It's meant to infuriate you and break your heart enough that you feel compelled to do something. There's a great deal of agit with very little prop," the Boston Globe says.
The gist: Like we really want to see grown men tie bottle rockets to their genitals or almost fall to their deaths in 3D. Well, maybe a little. R
The cast: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, Steve-O, Wee Man and Preston Lacy.
The buzz: There are no reviews, but the flick was screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. That's worth a couple of positives, right?
The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival continues through Sunday. Visit tiglff.com for more information.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org