Stepped Down

The disappearance of “Red Lights” and “Bob and the Monster” from this week’s release schedule makes the competition seem awfully thin. Or maybe everyone’s just expecting “The Dark Knight Rises” to continue to roll over everything in its path in its second weekend. (Wait, “expecting”?) But here’s what is opening today:

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry“: Alison Klayman’s documentary about the Chinese dissident artist becomes more and more relevant every time it plays here. I dearly wish that didn’t have to be so.

“Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance”: Glenn isn’t exactly down on Bob Hercules’ documentary about Robert Joffrey’s dance company, but you can tell he wanted more out of it than he got.

“Step Up: Revolution”: The fourth chapter in the mismatched-dancers-falling-in-love series has another pair of mismatched dancers falling in love. Rad found the dancing great and the drama less so, which is more or less what we were all expecting, right?

“The Watch”:  Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade are suburban nerds who fight aliens, or something, in the new comedy from “Hot Rod” director Akiva Shaffer. Wait, Richard Ayoade is in this?

And the NFB documentary “United States of Africa: Beyond Hip-Hop” screens at the Bloor this weekend. I wrote about it here, if you’re curious, but it’s another of those “Joffrey” situations, to be honest.

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