by Rebecca Kelley
With one week left until the studios pull out the big guns with “The Avengers,” how do you bide your time until then? Should you snuggle up on the couch and watch something on XFINITY On Demand? Or should you head to your local theater for a night out? Lucky for you, we’re here to break down the options. Click on the movie titles for information about ordering On Demand or buying tickets through Fandango.
What’s On Demand?
Marky Mark (or Mark Wahlberg, as he insists on being called these days) plays a character that has gone clean after a life of crime, but when his brother-in-law gets on the bad side of a drug lord, Marky Mark agrees to run one more smuggling trip to get him off the hook. Yeah, that never ends well.
Our take: One word: mediocre. Wahlberg is good, but the movie is pretty standard action movie stuff. You got your witty one-liners, your shoot-outs, your violent action chases. It adds up to something that will keep you relatively entertained for a while, but something that is not worth seeking out.
Spooky things are happening in the apartment. The phone rings and no one is there, not even a telemarketer. Light bulbs explode – brand new light bulbs. And things fly through the air. So, naturally, you send in a squad of ghostbusters with all the infrared things and “magnetic field alteration meters,” whatever those are.
Our take: We haven’t seen this movie, but it sounds like “Ghost Hunters” meets “Paranormal Activity.” Could be intriguing.
What’s In Theaters?
Luke (Jason Statham) used to be a cop. Then he was an assassin. Then a street fighter. But he got burned by the Russian mob, so now he’s a homeless vigilante who rescues a trafficked Chinese girl from the Chinese mob. Great. Now two mobs are after him.
Our take: Got that description straight? If you can handle a storyline like that, you will probably like this fast-paced, high-octane shoot-em-up. You might need a flowchart to keep track of who’s backstabbing whom and which mobster works for whom, but who cares when you have a good car chase to watch?
A pirate on a quest to win the “Pirate of the Year” award comes upon a little ship known as the HMS Beagle. Sound familiar? A lonely heart scientist named Charles Darwin is beginning to get sick of studying barnacles and is ready for some action and romance.
Our take: Zany, goofy and with a distinctly British flavor of humor, this movie is a lot of fun for both parents and children. It’s made in the stop-motion claymation style of “Chicken Run” and “Wallace and Gromit,” which were produced by the same team.
Violet (Emily Blunt) and Tom (Jason Segel) love each other very much. In fact, Tom proposes in the opening scene and Violet says, “Yes.” So, then, why does it take years for them to seal the deal? And how does moving to Michigan and taking up crossbow hunting figure into the whole thing?
Our take: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. Sweet, funny and fresh, this movie is hilarious. Blunt, as always, lights up the screen, but now she has a movie worthy of her. Segel, as always, manages to be a goofy romantic lead that any woman would be happy to have. Together, they find great chemistry. It’s the well-crafted script with a surprising amount of depth and insight that really makes this movie sparkle. Produced by Judd Apatow, it’s definitely R-rated, but not quite as gross-out as his normal material.
Ticket or Click It?
Ticket! Check out “The Five-Year Engagement” and see how funny love can be.
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