Ticket or Click it: War, What Is it Good For?

by | February 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM | Movies, Ticket or Click It

Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy in 'This Means War' (Photo: Fox)

By Rebecca Kelley

What to do this holiday weekend? Take in a movie at home with On Demand or head to the theater? “Ticket or Click It” is here to break down the options. Click on the movie titles below for more information about ordering On Demand or buying your tickets through Fandango. I cannot tell a lie, a three-day weekend is a good thing. Thanks, Presidents!

 

What’s On Demand?

Take Shelter

A happy family man starts dreaming about the apocalypse, and he becomes convinced that his dreams are portents of a terrible event. Can he protect his family from the horrors to come? Can his marriage survive the development of prophetic dreams?

Our take: Fantastic performances and a mess-with-your-head trickiness make this a very good movie, indeed. The ending makes it fantastic.

The Rum Diary

Johnny Depp plays Paul Kemp, the alter-ego of writer Hunter S. Thompson in his book of the same name. A dissolute and cynical journalist, Kemp leaves New York for Puerto Rico, putting in his time at the local paper, joining fellow ex-pats in drinking binges and falling for the lovely Chenault (Amber Heard), while pointing out the hypocrisy and ridiculousness of the island social hierarchy.

Our take: Hunter S. Thompson may have lived an interesting life, but this movie doesn’t show it. Jumping from one event to the next, with little consistent storyline, it leaves you wanting more. Even Thompson’s devastating wit can’t save the film. Heard, however, is luminescent in her role as the immensely desirable mistress of a land developer. Check out an interview with the actress here.

 

What’s In Theaters?

This Means War

Tuck (Tom Hardy) and FDR (Chris Pine) are best buddy CIA agents – men able to take down international mobsters while bantering and looking good. When they both meet the same lovely woman (Reese Witherspoon), they bring all the power of the CIA to bear on each other. It is war, and may the better man win.

Our take: As usual, Witherspoon is delightful. It’s easy to believe two men could fall for her. Harder to swallow, however, is the whole CIA, Patriot Act, superspy angle. Most of the fights and action are barely believable. If you stop asking questions (How does a British man become a CIA agent? Why is the circus all set up, but left unguarded for a quirky date?), it can be fun. Audiences will see the conclusion coming a mile away and we’re left feeling bad for some of the characters, but in general, it’s a fluffy, fun, goofy romantic ride.

The Secret World of Arrietty

From the makers of “Ponyo,” this animated film takes you into the world of pint sized “little people” –teeny, tiny people who live in the nooks and crannies of a suburban home. When Arrietty meets Shawn, a full-sized kid, their friendship grows even as it endangers Arrietty and her family.

Our take: A sweet and gentle story, plus beautiful animation, adds up to something special.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Here’s the studio description of this sequel to “Ghost Rider”:  Johnny is still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter – but he may risk everything as he teams up with the leader of a group of rebel monks (Idris Elba) to save a young boy from the devil… and possibly rid himself of his curse forever.

Our take: This movie was not screened for critics, which was probably a good move on the part of the studio. It looks awful.

 

Ticket or Click It?

Click It! Watch “Take Shelter” and see why some people are crying foul at the Academy for not nominating it. (Especially since they nominated that stinky “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”!)

 

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