Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in 'The Other Guys'Good dancing in theaters this weekend: either the literally in-your-face choreography of 'Step Up 3-D' or comedy cop Mark Wahlberg's surprisingly accomplished ballet moves in 'The Other Guys.'

Best Bet: 'The Other Guys'

Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson
Directed by: Adam McKay

What It's About:
Ferrell and Wahlberg are much-scorned desk jockeys in the New York Police Department. But when the city's two most celebrated cops, a pair of 'Lethal Weapon'-type showboaters (Johnson and Jackson), are put out of commission, it's up to our unlikely heroes to save the day -- if they can keep from killing each other first.

Why Should You See It?
As usual, Ferrell does his best comic work when McKay is directing (see 'Anchorman,' 'Talladega Nights,' 'Step Brothers'). He and Wahlberg strike up an unusual but effective comic chemistry. The film wittily parodies buddy-cop movie clichés while offering satisfying action spectacles. It contains a surprisingly pointed and political subtext about the biggest crimes committed in New York - on Wall Street. (Make sure you stay all the way through the end credits.) Did I mention that it's really funny?

You Might Like It If You Like:
'Talladega Nights,' 'Date Night,' the 'Naked Gun' movies, 'Capitalism: A Love Story' Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in 'The Other Guys'Good dancing in theaters this weekend: either the literally in-your-face choreography of 'Step Up 3-D' or comedy cop Mark Wahlberg's surprisingly accomplished ballet moves in 'The Other Guys.'

Best Bet: 'The Other Guys'

Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson
Directed by: Adam McKay

What It's About:
Ferrell and Wahlberg are much-scorned desk jockeys in the New York Police Department. But when the city's two most celebrated cops, a pair of 'Lethal Weapon'-type showboaters (Johnson and Jackson), are put out of commission, it's up to our unlikely heroes to save the day -- if they can keep from killing each other first.

Why Should You See It?
As usual, Ferrell does his best comic work when McKay is directing (see 'Anchorman,' 'Talladega Nights,' 'Step Brothers'). He and Wahlberg strike up an unusual but effective comic chemistry. The film wittily parodies buddy-cop movie clichés while offering satisfying action spectacles. It contains a surprisingly pointed and political subtext about the biggest crimes committed in New York -- on Wall Street. (Make sure you stay all the way through the end credits.) Did I mention that it's really funny?

You Might Like It If You Like:
'Talladega Nights,' 'Date Night,' the 'Naked Gun' movies, 'Capitalism: A Love Story'

'The Other Guys' Showtimes & Tickets
'Unscripted' Video Interview: Ferrell, Wahlberg, and McKay answer your questions
Exclusive 'Other Guys' Clip: Lion vs. Tuna
On the Set of 'The Other Guys'
•Reviews: Entertainment Weekly | Boston Phoenix | Village Voice | More Critics' Reviews

'The Other Guys' Trailer


'Step Up 3D'Also New This Weekend: 'Step Up 3-D'

Starring:
Adam G. Sevani, Rick Malambri, Sharni Vinson, Alyson Stoner, Keith "Remedy" Stallworth
Directed by:
Jon M. Chu
What It's About: It's about the same thing the first two 'Step Up' movies were about: breakdancing, competition, and a little romance along the way. It's also about experimenting with 3-D in a way that expands the visual possibilities of the medium for well-choreographed musicals.
You Might Like It If You Like: 'You Got Served,' 'Stomp the Yard,' 'How She Move'

Showtimes & Tickets
| Exclusive Clip: Meet the Dancers | Leonard Maltin's Review | More Critics' Reviews

More From JSYK: Video Interviews With 'Step Up' Stars | 'Step Up' Red Carpet

Luke Wilson in 'Middle Men'In Limited Release

'Middle Men'
leads the indie pack this week. It's a true-crime tale about three entrepreneurs (Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, and Gabriel Macht) who made a fortune during the birth of the Internet porn industry in the mid-'90s. (Showtimes & Tickets | Exclusive Photo Gallery | Critics' Reviews)

'Twelve,' based on the best-selling Nick McDonell novel, is a 'Gossip Girl'-y cautionary tale (starring Chace Crawford, natch) of sex and drugs among the privileged kids of New York's Upper East Side. Joel Schumacher directs. (Showtimes & Tickets | Critics' Reviews)

The Disappearance of Alice Creed' is a gritty British kidnapping thriller starring Gemma Arterton ('Quantum of Solace') as the abductee. (Showtimes & Tickets | Critics' Reviews)

'Cairo Time,' a favorite at last fall's Toronto Film Festival, is a romance about a tourist in Egypt (Patricia Clarkson) who, while awaiting her delayed husband, falls for his business associate (Alexander Siddig). (Showtimes & Tickets | 'Cairo Time' and Other Forbidden Romances on Film | Critics' Reviews)

'Lebanon' is Israeli filmmaker Samuel Maoz's acclaimed drama of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, as seen from the claustrophobic perspective of an Israeli tank crew. (Showtimes & Tickets | Critics' Reviews)

•'Flipped' sees director Rob Reiner return to romantic comedy, only this time, the couple are a pair of grade-school kids. (Showtimes & Tickets | Critics' Reviews)

'The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest' is a National Geographic documentary that traces George Mallory's failed attempt in 1924 to climb the mountain, and another climb 75 years later by Conrad Anker that finally discovered Mallory's body and how close he came to the top. (Showtimes & Tickets | Critics' Reviews)

'The Sicilian Girl' is a fictional retelling of the story (also told in the 2002 documentary 'One Girl Against the Mafia,' by the same director, Marco Amenta) of a rebellious teen who dares to testify against the Mob in Italy. (Showtimes & Tickets | Critics' Reviews)

'The Oxford Murders' sees a logic professor (John Hurt) and a grad student (Elijah Wood) team up to solve a series of bizarre serial killings on campus. (Showtimes & Tickets | Critics' Reviews)

'Thru the Moebius Strip,' which played the festival circuit in 2005, finally gets a limited theatrical release. It's an animated, 'Wrinkle In Time'-type sci-fi tale of a boy who travels to a distant planet to rescue his father. Mark Hamill stars. (Showtimes & Tickets | Critics' Reviews)

Paul Rudd and Steve Carell in 'Dinner for Schmucks'Still In Theaters, Still Awesome

'Dinner for Schmucks'
-- We're still laughing at the title.

'Salt' -- Angelina Jolie delivers amid action sequences and plotting only slightly less over the top than 'The Other Guys.' Showtimes & Tickets | Interviews With Angelina Jolie & CIA Experts

'Get Low' -- This sly backwoods comedy is mostly just an excuse to watch Robert Duvall and Bill Murray do their thing. Like you need any other reason to go see it. Showtimes & Tickets | Interview with Bill Murray

Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor in 'The Ghost Writer'Staying In This Weekend?

New on DVD This Week: Say what you will about Roman Polanski, the man can direct thrillers, including 'The Ghost Writer,' in which scribe Ewan McGregor finds himself in over his head when he agrees to ghost the memoir of slippery former British prime minister Pierce Brosnan. (Buy or rent the DVD) The superhero genre gets spoofed in 'Kick-Ass,' a violent parody about amateurs who make up in enthusiasm and cool costumes what they lack in actual superpowers. (Buy or rent the DVD) The family-friendly 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' deftly adapts Jeff Kinney's kid-lit favorite about a witty boy navigating the social and emotional pitfalls of junior high school. (Buy or rent the DVD)

Also Out This Week: 'A Prophet'
is the universally acclaimed European crime drama about a youth coming of age and determining his destiny from behind bars. (Buy or rent the DVD) Christina Ricci finds herself trapped between life and death, as well as being trapped on the slab of creepy mortician Liam Neeson, in 'After.Life.' (Buy or rent the DVD) Elvis Presley sings and chats backstage in the 1972 documentary 'Elvis on Tour,' finally out on DVD. (Buy or rent the DVD) More new DVDs

Movie Homework: 'The Other Guys' is only the latest movie about an unlikely set of heroes forced to step up to the plate. It's a plot that goes back at least as far as 1954's 'Seven Samurai' (Buy or rent the DVD), which was transplanted into a Western in 'The Magnificent Seven' (Buy or rent the DVD). The idea has been played for laughs in movies as diverse as Pixar's cartoon 'A Bug's Life' (Buy or rent the DVD) and the underrated 'Mystery Men' (Buy or rent the DVD), which, like 'Kick-Ass,' is about some less-than-super superheroes.

On My Netflix Queue: Best recent police buddy-comedy spoof (sorry, 'Cop Out') is 'Hot Fuzz.' Watching it should get me in the mood for its director Edgar Wright's next movie, the comic book spoof 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,' in theaters next weekend. (Buy or rent the DVD)

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