(D: Anne Fletcher, 98 min)
The underdog who dances his way to fame, self-esteem and a girl's heart is so popular it's become a genre itself. Just call it the Save The Last Saturday Night Fever Dirty Dance movie. This year's variation finds troubled, breakdance-lovin' teen Tyler (Channing Tatum) doing community service at a performing arts school (yes, people, much like the one in the movie Fame) that needs a guy to partner a ballerina (Jenna Dewan). Tatum (Coach Carter) could break out, but pay attention to the dance by director Anne Fletcher, who's best known for choreographing films like Bring It On.
(D: Peter Hewitt, 83 min)
Tim Allen plays a former superhero who must teach a group of kids to be superheroes themselves. Sounds like a combination of The Incredibles and last year's sleeper hit Sky High. But it's really just one last grab for that family dollar before the serious films arrive come back-to-school time. Poor showings at recent animated films indicate maybe the kids are playing outdoors - or watching The Incredibles on DVD.
Both open Friday (August 11). Screened after press time - see reviews August 10 at www.nowtoronto.com/film.