Opening this week:
Butter (R) When her husband retires, a woman (Jennifer Garner) decides to keep his 15-year streak as Iowa’s champion butter carver going by entering the annual competition herself. Alicia Silverstone, Rob Corddry and Olivia Wilde are among her rivals trying to outdo her butter skills.
The Paperboy (R) A camp classic or a misunderstood drama? That was the debate that raged around director Lee Daniels’ adaptation of Pete Dexter’s novel when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Matthew McConaughey is a Miami journalist who returns to his home turf of the South Florida swamplands to investigate a story. His younger brother (Zak Efron), disgraced after having been kicked out of college, has been reduced to delivering newspapers for a living. Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and Macy Gray play some of the other residents of the town, where everyone is behaving a bit loony.
Taken 2 (R) Last time, they took Liam Neeson’s daughter hostage. This time, they’ve kidnapped Neeson himself. Are these bad guys trying to get themselves killed or what?
Frankenweenie (PG) Tim Burton returns to his roots with this 3D, black-and-white feature-length adaptation of a famed short he made early in his career, about a boy who manages to bring his beloved pet dog back from the dead, with a few unexpected consequences.
30 for 30: Broke (8 p.m. Tuesday, ESPN) Miami director Billy Corben, a veteran chronicler of South Florida dysfunction (“Cocaine Cowboys,” “The U”) paints on a broader canvas in this documentary about pro athletes who are much better at making shots and tackles than they are at handling their checkbooks.
Airport 24/7: Miami (9 p.m. Tuesday, Travel Channel) A fast, funny and fascinating new documentary series about life behind the scenes at Miami International.
30 Rock (8 p.m. Thursday, NBC) What?!!! NBC’s new corporate masters at Comcast haven’t canceled this yet? Seven seasons later, this pungent sitcom is still fighting a guerrilla war with its own network.
A Night at the Movies: Hollywood Goes to Washington (8 p.m. Friday, Turner Classic Movies) From sentimentalist drivel like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to delicious paranoia like Seven Days in May, this documentary takes a look at how Hollywood takes a look at politics.
Let Miami Herald TV critic Glenn Garvin program your TiVo! Just click on his best bets for the week at http://www3.tivo.com/tivo-tco/mix/index.do