by Rebecca Kelley
For your viewing pleasure, XFINITY On Demand has new movies right at your fingertips. But is it better to watch in the comfort of your home or trek to your local theater? “Ticket or Click” it has the movie breakdown. Click on the movie titles for more information on ordering On Demand or buying tickets through Fandango.
What’s On Demand?
When a conservative, Southern Bible-thumper goes to the progressive and aggressively secular Reed College in Oregon, he jettisons the identity in which he grew up. After all, it’s full of hypocrisy and coercion. But is the wild, godless college scene any better? Is there truth somewhere in the middle?
Our take: Based on a best-selling memoir of faith and politics, this whimsical and winsome movie asks some of the deepest questions in life. It’s neither a proselytizing Christian market film nor a secular film that bashes faith. Respecting all sides, it is more concerned with finding truth than scoring points.
A happily married woman is surprised to find herself yearning for a neighbor. As they grow closer, the film takes on the questions of comfortable marriage versus passion.
Our take: This artsy film stars Michelle Williams, who is widely regarded as one of our best young actors. It is neither cliché nor so quirky it doesn’t relate to real life. Instead, it’s a living, breathing exploration of love and desire in their varied forms.
A New Yorker (Chris Rock) and his French girlfriend (Julie Delpy) have their life shaken and relationship tested when her French relatives come to visit.
Our take: Part Big Apple sophistication and part cheap laughs, this movie tries to be a madcap farce. Sometimes it succeeds and sometimes it devolves into overwrought plot lines and thinly veiled stand-up routines. What’s more, those crazy New Yorkers and French are so removed from most peoples’ personal experiences that the movie often fails to connect.
What’s in Theaters?
Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones star as two Baby Boomers trying to regain the kind of intimate, loving marriage they once had. Decamping to an expert therapist (Steve Carell), they haltingly discuss their feelings, awkwardly discuss their nonexistent sex life and hesitantly try to make love.
Our take: Beautifully acted, achingly real and ultimately hopeful, this movie is the kind of grown-up romance Hollywood rarely produces. There’s no big drama or cliché story arc, just two people trying to find their way back into each other’s arms. Only fantastic actors like Streep and Jones could pull this off. And they do.
Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) is a super-human operative awaiting his mission in the inhospitable North. But in the wake of the Jason Bourne scandal, his program is terminated. Which means, of course, that powerful people with satellites and big rockets now want him dead as well. Cross’ only hope is to team up with a scientist (Rachel Weisz), also on the hit list, and stay one step ahead of the US Government.
Our take: Fast paced and action-packed, Renner ably picks up the “Bourne” mantle from Matt Damon. Those who don’t remember the details of the previous “Bourne” movies will be a little lost in the beginning as different storylines are revived. But once Cross starts running from all those missiles, operatives and helicopters, none of it matters. It becomes very fun indeed.
Will Ferrell is a Southern politician skating his way to reelection until he offends his district by accidentally blasting a sexy phone message to their answering machines. Enter Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), a goober if there ever was one. No one could imagine him having a mistress. Let the campaign begin!
Our take: Funny and over the top, this is the nastiest of nasty campaigns. Babies are punched. Wives are seduced. But at its core, this is a sweet and optimistic call for politicians to remember the good of the people. It’s funny and definitely R-rated – kind of what would happen if Ricky Bobby or Ron Burgundy were elected to office.
Ticket or Click It?
Ticket! Escape real-life negative campaigns and indulge in some silly fun campaign ads in “The Campaign.”
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