By Rebecca Kelley
What’s your best bet for entertainment fun this week? Should you snuggle down at home with On Demand or brave the weather and head to your local theater? “Ticket or Click It” is here to break down the options. Click on the movie title for information about ordering On Demand or buying tickets through Fandango. Happy movie watching, y’all!
What’s On Demand?
A Midwestern nobody moves to LA with a simple and noble dream: To become an adult film star. Nick Swardson is Bucky.
Our take: This alleged comedy is painfully unfunny. Like, super unfunny. Like Grandma’s funeral unfunny. It’s closer to a sketch comedy show than a movie, but a sketch comedy show done by a bunch of high-schoolers for their drama 101 final. Which they fail. There is nothing quite as bad as a bad comedy, and this is it. Save yourselves.
Super-tough cops face their biggest challenge: Fathering their children. When a tragedy strikes the home of one of them, they question their parenting skills, their lives and their faith.
Our take: Sure, this overtly religious movie is corny at times, but it has an uplifting message. It encourages fathers to take responsibility for their children and their children’s well-being. If you’re a person of Christian faith, and you don’t mind heavy-handed messages, you will probably like this movie. A lot.
Ryan Gosling plays an idealistic, young campaign staffer and George Clooney plays the superman candidate in whom he passionately believes. As the Democrat primaries for the Presidential ticket heat up, things start to get nasty. It’s nothing the young staffer can’t handle, until he finds his perfect candidate has skeletons in the closet. Must he give up his ideals in order to promote them?
Our take: This well-made but cynical political movie features excellent acting and a realistic look at the inner workings of high-stakes campaigning. However, it will leave the viewer distressed and thinking –
“Gee, maybe monarchy wasn’t so bad after all.”
What’s In Theaters?
At the height of World War II, black soldiers served in segregated units. The African-American pilots of the real-life Tuskegee Airmen were considered less valuable, but America needed every soldier to win the war. The Tuskegee Airmen got the chance to fight for their country and proved there was nothing lesser about them.
Our take: The tale of the Tuskegee Airmen is a fantastic American story that deserves a fantastic American movie. This is not quite that movie. Full of wonderful aerial battle effects, the movie lags when it lands on the ground. The characters tend to be one-dimensional and the dialog tends toward the corny.
When the fighting vampire chick Selene escapes prison, the world has changed. Humans are now aware of both vampires and Lycans (werewolves), and are determined to wipe out both species. Great. Just what Selene needs: more enemies on all sides.
Our take: The studio did not screen “Underworld Awakening” for critics, which is never a good sign. However, in this case, it may be a sign that they know they have the fan-base already on board, and that everyone else probably won’t go anyway.
MMA fighter Gina Carano is Mallory Kane, an ex-Marine who now specializes in special contract work – the kind of work that requires intensive planning, a good sidearm and great fighting moves. When something goes terribly wrong in Barcelona, she finds herself on the wrong side of her highly trained colleagues. No problem. She’ll just have to fight her way to the truth.
Our take: Finally, a female action star we can believe! Unlike the twiggy girls we usually see, Carano looks like her kicks would actually leave a mark. She takes on any number of baddies in this sparse, fast-paced action flick. While the plot mostly supports transitions from fight to fight, you’ll leave the theater wondering exactly who did what to whom (and why), but you won’t care. You’ll have such a good time watching Carano put a world of hurt on her enemies that details will seem unimportant. It’s a wildly good time.
Oskar, a New York preteen who may or may not have Asperger’s Syndrome, lost his beloved father on 9/11. When he finds a key in his dad’s belongings, he becomes convinced that his father has left a message for him and sets off on a quest across all six boroughs (six makes sense in the movie) to follow the clues. The boy’s frantic mother waits and watches while his mute elderly neighbor becomes an unlikely ally.
Our take: It’s been ten years since 9/11, but other than dramatic reenactments, we have not seen movies exploring its meaning, emotions and effects on our country. This movie hopes to do so – succeeding, at times – but ultimately becomes bogged down in its quirky settings and characters. Unlike the Forrest Gump character, which was written by the same screenwriter, Oskar never becomes sympathetic. We feel sorry for him, but don’t really relate to him. And when we’re talking about something as significant to the country as 9/11, relating really matters. The movie is a noble swing, but ultimately a miss.
Ticket or Click It?
Ticket! Go watch Gina Carano kick, punch and headlock her way through “Haywire.”
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