Ticket or Click It: Four Men and an Alien

by | July 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM | Movies, Ticket or Click It

'The Watch' (Photo: Fox)

by Rebecca Kelley

What’s your best bet for a movie this week? Should you head out for a night of fun at your local theater or stay home and watch something on the couch with XFINITY On Demand? We’re here to break down your options. Click on the movie titles for more information about ordering On Demand or buying tickets through Fandango.

 

What’s On Demand?

Silent House

Sarah goes to her family’s secluded lake house to unwind. Instead, she finds herself trapped inside the house and disconnected from the outside world as something sinister makes its presence known.

Our take: Elizabeth Olsen (younger sister to Mary-Kate and Ashley) elevates this run-of-the-mill horror flick with her fine acting. There’s nothing she can do, however, about the final act. It’s scary enough to watch, but we doubt you’ll watch it again.

Olympic Movies

Get ready for the Olympic Games with Olympic classics on XFINITY On Demand. Oscar winner “Chariots of Fire” highlights two runners – a devout Christian and a Jewish man hungry for acceptance. They’re both fast. “Miracle” tells the true tale of the 1980 U.S. Men’s Hockey Team, which came from nowhere to defeat the powerhouse Soviet Union team at the height of the Cold War. “21 Hours at Munich” grittily recounts the massacre of the Israeli Olympic team at the hands of Islamic terrorists in 1972.

Our take: Can there be anything more inspiring than the Olympics? Why, yes, there can: well-made movies about the Olympics. Let the games begin!

 

What’s In Theaters?

The Watch

Four Midwestern, suburban men form a neighborhood watch after a mysterious murder in the local Costco. As you might guess, that’s when the aliens invade.

Our take: This movie has had a spate of bad luck: First, it changed its title from “Neighborhood Watch” after the Trayvon Martin shooting. Now, in the wake of the Aurora shootings, an unhinged character with a troublingly large arsenal of guns is raising eyebrows. The film has some funny moments, but is mostly a juvenile string of penis jokes, urine jokes and more penis jokes. Some are funny. Most are not. Turns out, there are only so many jokes you can make about genitalia.

Step Up Revolution

The story – not that it matters – revolves around young dancers with dreams in their hearts, and how they fall in love while using their art to save a historic neighborhood from a land developer. Mostly, they dance.

Our take: It’s all about the groove, shakin’ what your mamma gave ya, cutting a rug, feeling the beat and showing your moves. You won’t care much about the characters or the plot, but you will want to hit the club after.

Ruby Sparks

A young novelist writes the perfect woman – sweet, quirky and funny. Just as he starts to think he’s a bit unhinged to be falling in love with his own fictional character, she turns up. In the flesh. The only problem? Real women, even ones you create and will into existence, tend to have flaws among all the perfection.

Our take: A smart, artsy indie movie that doesn’t get quite as far as it should, “Ruby Sparks” will appeal to hipsters and ironic-seeking romantics. The star, Zoe Kazan, also wrote the script. She was sure to write a fully rounded character for herself. It’s got both sweetness and edge.

 

Ticket or Click It?

Click it! Put on your track suit, fire up your torch and watch the Olympics classics, starting with the incomparable “Chariots of Fire.”

 

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