by Rebecca Kelley
For all the nerds out there, May the Fourth be with you. This year, May the Fourth not only marks “Star Wars Day,” but also the release of a fantastic comic book adaptation. So, should you go out and see it or watch something at home on XFINITY On Demand? We’re here to give you the options. Click on the movie title for more information about ordering On Demand or buying tickets online through Fandango. Enjoy May the Fourth. It’s like Nerd Christmas!
What’s On Demand?
Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton square off as women who both want to direct the church choir. Plus, Latifah’s daughter wants to date Dolly’s grandson. Will they achieve – so sorry for this – harmony in time for the big choral competition?
Our take: It’s all about the music. Latifah and Dolly both have pipes and this film doesn’t skimp on the gospel numbers. If you like gospel music and a sweet, somewhat corny story, this one is for you. It’s nice to see Dolly on screen again, and equally nice to see a faith-friendly story.
In New York, waiting for the ball to drop on New Year’s Eve, many different people have many different problems. Every actor you’ve ever heard of is in this movie. Hilary Swank as the director of the ball drop who has an appointment to keep, Robert De Niro as a terminally ill patient, Jessica Biel as a pregnant mother racing to have the New Year’s Eve baby … and on it goes. Stories intertwine, intersect and also don’t.
Our take: Too much and yet not enough. With so many actors playing such trite and cliché roles, it’s hard to care about any of them. It doesn’t help that director Gary Marshall tries to bring the whole thing together by sentimentalizing New Year’s Eve as the holiday in which everybody takes stock and gets a fresh start. Um, no… mostly we drink too much Champagne.
What’s In Theaters?
Led by the sublime Dame Judi Dench, a troop of British retirees decamp to India where they plan to live out their days at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. A creative Indian has created a way for old people to age cheaply, by outsourcing. Of course, they all bring their problems with them and, man, for elderly people they sure have problems.
Our take: I’m not sure what’s more depressing, the idea of “outsourcing aging” so that old people move away from everything and everyone they know for the rest of their lives, or the fact that these old people mope and struggle with angst like teenagers. The movie is supposed to be funny and quirky, but it makes a good case for dying young.
This is it! What we’ve been waiting for all these years! Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) team with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in a movie. Together! The group has two nearly impossible goals: First, they must become a team, which is hard to do when you’re from different times and dimensions. Secondly, they must defeat Thor’s godly black-sheep brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
Our take: A fantastic start to the summer blockbuster season, this movie has it all. Characters? Check. Action? Check. Humor? Absolutely. Sequences in which superheroes destroy swaths of forest battling each other? Check, check! Everything comes together for the most entertaining and most fun comic book movie we’ve seen in a long time. If it doesn’t have the gravitas of a “Dark Knight” movie, well, at least the battles rock. Enjoy!
Ticket or Click it?
Ticket! Get your superhero on and see “Marvel’s The Avengers.” No, seriously. Get your costume on. This one is worth dressing up for.
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