Scott Marks 3:30 p.m., Dec. 24
Amiable, empty-headed, tender-hearted geriaction flick about a retired agent (Bruce Willis) whose lady love (Mary-Louise Parker) and best buddy (John Malkovich) think he needs to get back in the game. (She thinks he's a little bit boring as a civilian; he thinks their lives are in danger. They're both right.) Just like Iron Man 3, Red 2's larger drama is intended to illuminate the hero's romantic travails. Unlike Iron Man 3, it keeps a human face on the proceedings. Who needs mountains of CGI when you have Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, David Thewlis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, et. al. hamming it up and mowing 'em down as our heroes dash about the globe? Perhaps not surprisingly, the show belongs to Malkovich. His character gets the zany black humor at the heart of espionage. 2013.