By Rebecca Kelley
Now that the Oscars are over and we enter the doldrums of the movie release schedule, how should you entertain yourself until “The Avengers” is released in May? “Ticket or Click It” is here to break down the options. As always, click on the movie title for more information about ordering On Demand or buying tickets through Fandango.
What’s On Demand?
From director Martin Scorsese, “Hugo” follows a little orphan who lives in a giant train terminal, keeping the clock in the tower wound. Between stealing bits of food, eluding the local policeman and working on a robot boy his father left him, Hugo has his hands full. But when he meets the granddaughter of the local toy maker, he finds a mystery that leads to answers for all of them.
Our take: Visually lush and beautifully made, this film is one part story and one part Scorsese’s tribute to the early days of filmmaking. How much you love cinema will determine if you consider this a nice and beautiful story or contender for the best picture of the year. The Oscar voters fell into the latter camp. They nominated it for Best Picture, although it lost to “The Artist.”
What’s In Theaters?
Some high school kids decide to throw a party when mom and dad are out of town. This being the 2010’s, seemingly all of the hundreds of teens who show up record the resulting out-of-control debauchery with handheld devices.
Our take: It’s the party to end all parties. No. Really. You’ll never want to go to a party again. The shaky-camera, “found footage” cinematography will make you want to mumble an excuse and leave. The lack of plot, character development or humor will make you want to call the cops. The extremely crude and graphic content will make you want to call your priest.
Dr. Seuss’ book becomes a movie. Ted (voice of Zac Efron) wants to impress Audrey (voice of Taylor Swift). How to do that? Chase the elusive and crabby Lorax throughout the land. Why is the Lorax crabby, you ask? Because the Lorax misses trees.
Our take: The film is thoroughly enjoyable, but preachy. The environment is sacred. Business is bad. Business cannot possibly coexist with trees. Choose the trees over businesses. And we’ll all find work writing poems, loving trees and collecting unicorn dust.
Kevin has issues. Kevin has problems. Problems that make him do bad things. Is Kevin the product of bad parenting by his mother (Tilda Swinton) or was he just born that way?
Our take: “We Need to Talk About Kevin” is one of those movies that is technically excellent – especially Swinton’s acting – but it’s also one of those movies you just don’t want to watch. Very, very well done and very, very dark, “Kevin” is about as much fun as a visit to the dentist. Or to the psychiatric ward, which, perhaps, is where Kevin should be.
This documentary follows the Manassas Tigers football team, of the wrong side of Memphis. The doc was filmed in 2009, the fourth year of Coach Bill Courtney’s tenure, and his team is looking at the playoffs.
Our take: Inspiration? Check. Feel-good sports story? Check. A lesson about having character on and off the field? Check. Sometimes reality is better than fiction. This documentary won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Ticket or Click it?
Click It! Check out Scorsese’s magic in “Hugo.”
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