Ticket or Click It: What’s New On Demand?

by | July 20, 2012 at 3:17 PM | Movies, Ticket or Click It

Emily Blunt in 'Salmon,' Maggie Grace in 'Lockout' (Photos: CBS Films, Europa Corp)

by Rebecca Kelley

This week, “Ticket or Click It” takes a look at the newest movies available on XFINITY On Demand. Click on the movie title for more information about ordering. Happy viewing!

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

A fish expert (Ewan McGregor) and an executive assistant (Emily Blunt) get caught up in a visionary sheik’s dream of building a salmon run in the Yemen. They learn a little about love, a little about the Arab Muslim country and a lot about fish.

Our take: Pleasantly ambitious and sweet, this movie has some great moments, but ultimately falls short. Blunt and McGregor are excellent as usual. The film is such a welcome diversion from normal Hollywood fare and it has some delightful moments. Ultimately, however, the need to fit in a cliché ending takes away from its quirky charm.

Check out XFINITY Entertainment’s interview with Emily Blunt by clicking here.

The Three Stooges

Three numskull graduates of a Catholic orphanage try to find a way to raise the money needed to save the dear old institution. They poke, hair-pull, pratfall and head-knock their way through murder-for-hire, salmon farming (coincidentally) and a host of other wacky schemes.

Our take: I’m convinced the Stooges gene resides in the Y chromosome. This remarkably faithful remake of the original isn’t funny. But neither was the original. Then again, this critic doesn’t have a Y chromosome, so those with Y chromosomes may feel differently.

Casa de Mi Padre

Will Ferrell, who doesn’t technically speak Spanish, stars in this Spanish-language comedy about a rancher who finds himself embroiled in a war with a drug lord. Plus, he’s in love with his brother’s comely fiancée. In Spanish.

Our take: Turns out, Will Ferrell is even funny in high school Spanish. Like so many of his movies, the film plays like an extended “Saturday Night Live” sketch, and just falls short of really being a good movie. But, on the other hand, it’s Will Ferrell and he just oozes funny.

Lockout

There’s this prison in space, see? Where the prisoners serve their terms in suspended animation, see? So naturally, the President’s daughter (Maggie Grace) goes up there to check on conditions and gets taken hostage by newly awakened space prisoners. It’s up to a wrongly convicted ex-cop (Guy Pearce) to invade the prison and save her. In space.

Our take: This is the perfect stay-at-home movie. It’s good enough to make it worth watching on a lazy weekend, but bad enough that you’re not sorry you missed it in the theater. It’s cliché and derivative, but Guy Pearce is better than you’d expect as he pulls off a mix of tough action guy and smart-mouthed cocky guy. It works for him and works for us.

Check out XFINITY Entertainment’s interview with Maggie Grace by clicking here.

 

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