by Rebecca Kelley
You’ve got a weekend, you’ve got a sweetie (or, maybe, a good friend), and now all you need is a movie. Is it better to snuggle up (or, in the case of a friend, sidle up) on the couch or get gussied up and head to the theater? We’re here to help you decide. Click on the movie titles for more information about ordering On Demand or skipping the theater lines by buying tickets through Fandango. And, just maybe, it’ll be enough to move you out of the “friend zone.”
What’s On Demand?
Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, a spy with amazing skills. He’s off the books, gone rogue and become so secretive even he doesn’t know he exists. To stop a terrorist organization from acquiring Russian nuclear launch codes, he gathers a team and sets off on another daring mission. This requires, of course, all sorts of delightfully impossible actions, like climbing the outside of a breathlessly tall skyscraper.
Our take: This movie is everything an action movie is supposed to be. It’s got the cool, tough guy, who is pulled off surprisingly well by Cruise; it’s got sexy yet tough babes; and it’s got the wisecracking sidekick, played to a “T” by Simon Pegg. Of course, it’s also got mind-blowing stunts. More of this, please, Hollywood.
Two women separately dedicate themselves to raising animal orphans. Dr. Birute Galdikas lives in Borneo where she studies orangutans and raises primate orphans to be released back into the wild. Off in Kenya, Dame Daphne Sheldrick runs a farm for orphaned baby elephants, also with the goal of returning them to the savannah.
Our take: What could be cuter than baby orangutans and baby elephants? Beautifully captured on film with sweet, funny stories, this movie is great for the whole family. Short of your own offspring, you’ll never see anything cuter and more heartwarming than this. Except kittens, maybe.
This documentary on the music legend explores his rise to stardom and his impact on the music scene and, for that matter, on a lot of other “scenes.” Made with the help of the Marley family, the doc includes footage not often available to biographers, as well as concert footage and plenty of chats with the folks who knew him.
Our take: This is a very well-made documentary as biographical documentaries go. If you’re a fan, this is a must-watch. XFINITY On Demand brings it to you at home the same day it’s released in theaters, which happens to be 4/20. What are the odds of that?
What’s In Theaters?
A Marine (Zac Efron) returns home from Iraq, clutching a photo of a beautiful woman he found in the rubble overseas. He doesn’t know who she is, but he would like to find her and tell her thank you. You see, while he was picking up her picture, a bomb took out much of his unit. Maybe some things were meant to be.
Our take: This is a Nicholas Sparks movie and, as such, you can count on it to be unabashedly romantic, relentlessly beautiful and cornier than a farmer’s market in Kansas. And, you know what? There’s nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all. Have a good cry, have a good romantic dream, but be ready for real life again on Monday.
This DisneyNature documentary follows a troop of chimpanzees in Tanzania, focusing on one particular primate, a cute baby named Oscar. When Oscar gets separated from his family, things look pretty grim for the little guy. That is, until a big, burly male from a different family adopts him.
Our take: How can you go wrong with an incorrigible baby chimp and a story you’d swear was scripted by Disney? Except it wasn’t. It really happened. Jane Goodall says so. This movie is too cute and heartwarming for words.
Steve Harvey has written a book called “Think Like a Man,” which gives women a glimpse into the mental workings, such as they are, of men. In this film, several women set out to inflict his advice on their relationships. Hijinks, misunderstandings and the classic battle of the sexes ensue.
Our take: With a fantastic cast and a mediocre script, this movie is good date night fodder. There are some quiet chuckles, a few deep guffaws and a whole lot of happy endings.
Ticket or Click It?
Click it! Fire up your big-screens for “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” Bonus points if you watch the skyscraper scene frame by frame.
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